Montana Asks Outdoorsmen For Help With Wolf Sightings

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State wildlife officials remind landowners, hikers, anglers, OHV riders and others in the outdoors that they can help Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to monitor wolves this autumn by using the Internet.

"Over the past several years, we've depended on hunters, landowners, and many others who spend time outdoors to be an important source of wolf-related information," said Ken McDonald, chief of the wildlife bureau for FWP in Helena.

September and October are when many of Montana’s hunting seasons kick off or are underway. It is also a popular time for fishing, camping and hiking in the state's national forests and wilderness areas.

"Some of the folks outdoors this fall will see wolves," McDonald said. "We want them to know there's an easy way to tell FWP when they see a wolf or wolf activity."

Reporting this information helps wildlife managers know as much as possible about wolf locations and numbers. To report a wolf sighting visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov . Click Montana Wolves . In addition, wolf-reporting postcards are available from FWP and most licenses providers and anyone can report wolf sightings to their nearest FWP office. All information provided will be shared with biologists who track wolves.

"The easiest way to report a wolf sighting is use the online reporting system," McDonald said. "One can go online to quickly answer about a dozen questions."

McDonald said Montanans and visitors can help wildlife biologists by reporting details about where, when and how many wolves they see.

"Lots of folks use GPS units, and if they can give us the coordinates of where they see a wolf, that would be especially helpful." McDonald said.

The Rocky Mountain gray wolf was removed from the federal endangered species list last year, allowing Montana to manage wolves in a manner similar to how bears, mountain lions and other wildlife species are managed. The wolf's delisted status in Montana and Idaho, however, is being challenged in federal court by a group seeking to place the wolf back on the endangered species list. FWP is vigorously defending the delisting decision.

To learn more about Montana's wolf population, visit FWP online at fwp.mt.gov . Click Montana Wolves.