In other states, the story isn't so hopeful. The total number of wolf packs in Montana, Wyoming and Washington has declined.
In February, 50 scientists signed a letter to Congress urging it to protect wolves in all states under the Endangered Species Act:
The best available science indicates that the gray wolf occupies a mere fraction of its historic range and therefore has not yet recovered from centuries of systematic persecution.
Gray wolves are legally hunted in Idaho during designated seasons, while Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves were recently reinstated in several Great Lakes states. Meanwhile, a bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to strip federal protections for wolves so that they can be widely hunted again.
Once farmers connect the dots and realize that they can peacefully share the country with its natural predators, wolves will hopefully roam more of their historic territory once again.