I read more about wolf population numbers and hunting math here: http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2012/12/29/wyomings-first-wolf-hunt-soon-to-close/, and found that in most of the state, wolves are considered a Predatory animal and can be shot on sight. Double Ugh. But even placing my views on killing/hunting animals aside, it appears more protection of wolves is warranted and justified to maintain a viable population of this native animal. The wolves' clearly beleaguered status notwithstanding, we felt privileged to see a gray wolf, for a moment, running free.
* Save the Gray Wolf https://secure.defenders.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=savewolves_homepage
& Wyoming Wolf Facts http://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/news-1001287.aspx