Wolf Numbers Rise in Montana, Fall in Idaho
Recently the FWS released its wolf count census data and it appears that Montana saw an 8% increase in wolf count, while Idaho declined by 19%. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle has a write up on the findings.
"I'm certain we could have successfully reduced the wolf population in 2010 if we could have proceeded with our planned, science-based hunting season," Montana FWP director Joe Maurier said in a written statement accompanying the numbers, released Friday. "It's clear that a management strategy that includes hunting can play an important role in managing wolves in Montana. It is a tool we need and one we're still trying to get back."