FWS Gives Tentative Approval of Bitterroot Wolf Kill
Back in November, the Montana FWP petitioned the FWS to allow a kill of up to 18 wolves to slow predation on elk in the Bitterroot Valley. The FWP was diligent in using all other methods necessary to boost the elk population in the Bitterroot units but eventually it became clear that the wolf numbers needed to be reduced. According to the Missoulian, the FWS gave tentative approval of the FWP plan to have a wolf hunt in the designated area.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft environmental assessment of the state's Rule 10(J) request to shoot as many as 18 of the estimated 30 wolves in the West Fork. "We don't call it a hunt," Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Shawn Sartorius said on Monday. "There is a situation where (Montana) Fish, Wildlife and Parks could utilize citizens as designated agents of the state. But it would be much more controlled than a hunting situation."