Montana FWP Commission Discusses Application for Wolf Take Permit

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Montana's Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission met Oct. 7 at the FWP Helena Headquarters.

The business meeting included final decisions on the donation of a 160-acre in holding at Makoshika State Park in Glendive; 2011 fishing regulation changes, acquisition of a conservation easement on lands in the west Swan Valley; adjustments to elk plan objectives; land acquisitions in FWP Regions 1 and 3, and a 4,900-acre conservation easement on the Moline Ranch near Geraldine in Chouteau County.

Up for tentative approval was a proposal to apply for a five-year permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for wolf take under Section 10 (j) of the Endangered Species Act. The permit would allow wolf reductions in the West Fork of the Bitterroot where wolf predation is causing unacceptable impacts to area elk numbers. If the commission accepts the proposal, a public comment period and scientific peer review of the plan by five experts will be required prior to final commission action.

The commission heard an update on other FWP responses to Judge Malloy's decision to relist wolves under the Endangered Species Act.

The full agenda and additional information on the scheduled topics may be found on the FWP web site at fwp.mt.gov by clicking on the FWP Commission icon.