On Monday Wyoming's first ever wolf hunting season begins.
On Friday over 2,200 licenses had been sold in the state, most of them in Park, Freemont, and Teton counties.
In August, the Federal Government decided to let Wyoming manage its wolf population. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endorsed a plan, allowing licensed wolf hunting in most areas of the state. There are some exceptions like Yellowstone National Park where the predator is permanently protected.
Governor Mead has called the hunt "scientifically sound."
Still, some environmental and animal rights groups are moving forward with lawsuits.
As the hunt begins, the debate continues.