July 15, 2011
Montana Sets Limit For Coming Wolf Season
By Chad Love
Although hunters in neighboring Idaho aren't having much luck, the state of Montana has set its own wolf quota for the coming season.
From this story in the Billings Gazette:
Hunters will be able to shoot as many as 220 gray wolves in Montana this fall under rules adopted Thursday by state wildlife commissioners. The hunt is scheduled to begin in early August and is expected to reduce the predator's Montana population by about 25 percent to 425 wolves. A wolf hunt is also planned in Idaho, where officials have not proposed harvest targets or quotas across much of the state.
Wolves were taken off the endangered species list in an unprecedented move by Congress this spring in Montana, Idaho and parts of Utah, Washington and Oregon. Some hunters and livestock groups wanted a higher quota to reduce attacks on livestock and big game. Wildlife advocates argued the number should be lower so the population can keep expanding.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife bureau chief Ken McDonald said this year's quota level would have drastic implications for the population if it was continued long-term. But he said the state will revisit the number next year and will adjust it as needed.
Think they'll have any better luck in Montana than Idaho?