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Can You Kill a Wolf?

Jenn Smith

Posted on January 24 2020

After reports confirm of wolf sightings in Colorado (due to paw prints), homeowners and hunters may be preparing for shootouts; but Colorado Parks and Wildlife want people to pump the breaks. After all, it is illegal to kill wolves.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, killing wolves may result in federal charges, including a $100,000 fine and a year in prison. So, what can be done to control the wolf population and keep our family members and pets safe from encounters?

Property owners, especially those with small kids and tiny dogs, are advised to install fencing that will keep out wolves, coyotes and foxes. Building a metal wildlife fence that is at least 6' feet tall will help. Find one that includes PVC-coating to protect the steel core from chew marks and scratches. 

The wolf population in the United States is estimated at 2 million with the majority residing in Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, Idaho and California.