LAST EDITED ON Sep-24-17 AT 11:23 PM (MST)
Based on what I'm seeing, it's the quantity that has dropped off significantly. I'll have to go back and look, but I don't remember there being a significant increase in 16e tags during the years that I hunted it. To me, I didn't note any decline until the actual hunt that I saw wolves.
I don't disagree with you that the number tags now needs to be reduced, but I believe it's too much of a coincidence to not believe that the huge decline in elk, deer, and even turkeys doesn't have something to do with the introduction of wolves.