Montana FWP Considers Fall Wolf Hunt
According to the Billings Gazette, the Montana FWP is considering a 220 wolf quota this fall which would be considerably above the allocation of previous years. The FWP is targeting a 25% reduction in head count from the 2010 wolf population estimate.
Like last year's proposed hunt -- which was canceled due to a federal court lawsuit that put wolves in the Northern Rockies back on the list of animals protected under the Endangered Species Act -- Montana will be broken into 13 wolf management units. That's expected to help focus the removal of gray wolves from areas where they're causing problems. "We're modeling our proposal after the 2010 season," said Ron Aasheim, an FWP spokesperson.