CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Hunters now have killed at least 33 wolves in northwest Wyoming since the start of the state's first wolf hunt six weeks ago.
As of Monday, three hunt areas had been closed to further wolf hunting after hunters reached their local kill limits. Nine other hunt areas remained open.
The statewide limit for this year's hunt is 52 wolves. The trophy hunting season ends Dec. 31. That means licensed hunters have until the end of the year to kill 19 more wolves.
The federal government removed wolves from endangered species protection in Wyoming in August. This is Wyoming's first trophy hunt since wolves were reintroduced to the Yellowstone ecosystem in the mid-1990s.
The trophy hunting season began Oct. 1.