As of Sept.15,2009 the wolf came off the endangered list in Montana and Idaho,thus opening up the first wolf hunt legally in either state.
As of this posting I have only heard of two wolves harvested in Montana,and two wolves harvested in Idaho.
I wouldn't be to alarmed at the hearsay of the wolf getting exterminated,as living around them I have noticed that if a firearm is discharged they will head for high ground immediately.
As time goes by you won't hear too much about wolves as they will stay away from people,probably including Yellowstone Park also.
As the leaders raise their pups they will also teach them that humans are dangerous to be around.
I think wolves will keep populating new states and will become harder to find as game animals.
Standing up to 2 1/2 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet long plus weighing up to 140 pounds,and faster and smarter than a coyote,they will be hard to see in the forest.
Most wolves will travel on roads or game trails and when you see tracks it usually looks like one animal,but wolves will follow single file and step in the lead wolfs track,thus looking like one wolf.
The footprint of a wolf is up to 3 inches wide and 4 inches long.
It isn't hard to distinguish between a coyote or house dog.
So far wolves are in Oregon,Alaska,Montana,Idaho,Wyoming,Colorado,Minnesota,Wisconsin and Michigan and won't be long before they spread to California and Nevada.
Wolves inhabit Mexico and Canada also.
So you see wolves will not be exterminated by hunters,as there are to many of them spread across the United States and other countries.