CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Hunters didn't take all the wolves they were allowed to during Wyoming's wolf hunting season.

They killed 43 wolves before the season ended Monday, nine short of the state's quota for the animals.

It was Wyoming's first wolf hunting season since the federal government reintroduced wolves to the Yellowstone ecosystem in the 1990s.

Besides those taken during hunting season, 26 wolves were killed around Wyoming in 2012 because they were considered predators.