Montana’s wolf-hunting quota could more than double for the 2010 hunting season under a proposal released Friday, and it may include an archery season.
Wolf managers are asking the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission to consider overall harvest rates next year of 186 or 216 wolves, compared to last year’s quota of 75 wolves in three management units
The public will have an opportunity to comment on any proposal approved by the commission. State-wide meetings to discuss the proposals will be held June 2. The public comment period is expected to run through June 14. A final decision on the wolf season and quota is set for July 8.
The FWP Commission will meet May 13 in the Old Supreme Court Chambers on the third floor of the Montana State Capitol, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
I knew this was coming. Sure didn't waste any time.
good grief, another update, another state, a higher quota...
"Hunters in Montana would be allowed to kill nearly three times? as many gray wolves this fall compared with last year's inaugural hunt, under a proposal announced Friday by state wildlife officials.
Wolves in neighboring Idaho also face a potentially higher quota. And hunters there could be allowed to use traps, electronic calls and, in some regions, bait to increase their odds of a successful kill. Final details are pending.
The moves to put more wolves into hunters' crosshairs come barely a year after the predators came off the endangered species list.
But a pending federal lawsuit could block the states' wolf seasons... click here to continue
Montana wildlife commissioners approved a plan Thursday that aims to reduce the gray wolf population for the first time since the once-endangered animal was reintroduced to the region 15 years ago.
The proposal approved by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission calls for at least doubling the number of wolves that hunters can kill and introducing an archery season to go with the rifle season.
Montana commissioners will decide in July after a public comment period whether the final quota for the 2010 hunt will be 150, 186 or 216 wolves. The quota was 75 in last year's inaugural hunt.
The proposed quota numbers do not include wolves killed by wildlife officials responding to complaints of attacks on livestock. Another 145 wolves were killed that way in 2009.
Wildlife officials are predicting the same number of such kills this year, even though the commission loosened its policy earlier this year to give federal wildlife officials greater authority to trap and shoot wolves that kill livestock.
"It's a balancing act and we're balancing a lot of different values, but we feel we can do that with (these quotas)," he said.
Balancing a lot of different values by killing a lot more wolves