Montana Wolf Hunt Set to End

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Wolf season is set to end in Montana, and quotas have not been met. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks extended the wolf season by a month and a half in December. Now they are considering doing that again for Unit 250 in the Bitterroot Valley area. This unit has a quota of 18 and only 6 wolves have been harvested. If approved the season will go on until April 1st.

The 2011-12 wolf season was set at a quota of 220. Less than 1% of tag holders have filled their tag. For the total season, 162 wolves have been harvested. Lack of success is being blamed on wolves naturally avoiding humans. Also the lack of snow this winter has created a hardship for hunters, making it harder to track the wolves.

During the extended season, 55 wolves were harvested. The most successful hunters were in the western and southwestern part of the state. Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2012) is when the wolf season is set to close. From