Wyoming Governor Matt Mead says lawsuits challenging Wyoming’s wolf management policies are becoming a little more focused now with a suit that had been scheduled to be heard in Colorado being moved into Wyoming and two suits in Washington D.C. being merged into one. Mead says the state’s management over the past year has been very successful, and wildlife managers are looking to an even more conservative year this year. Mead told reporters, “We think we had a very successful hunting season – very conservative. At the end of 2012, the estimates are that we had 277 wolves left in Wyoming, and of course the numbers that we look at are 15 breeding pairs and 150 wolves; so we feel like we’re in a good spot.” Mead says the Game and Fish Department is recommending another hunting season that is more conservative than the first one was. Wyoming’s wolf management plan allows trophy hunting in a flexible zone along the border of Yellowstone National Park. The state game department recently reported that hunters killed 68 wolves in the state from October first (when federal management stopped) through December 31st. Of those, 42 were killed in a trophy hunting zone bordering Yellowstone National Park, while 26 were killed as unprotected predators elsewhere in the state.