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Breaking News: Montana won't wait to kill wolves

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Breaking News: Montana won't wait to kill wolves
Author: Auntie P.
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Defying federal authority over gray wolves, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Wednesday encouraged ranchers to kill wolves that prey on their livestock — even in areas where that is not currently allowed — and said the state will start shooting packs that hurt elk herds.

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First, for Montana’s northwest endangered wolves (north of Interstate 90), any livestock producers who kill or harass a wolf attacking their livestock will not be prosecuted by Montana game wardens. Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) wardens will be directed to exercise their prosecutorial discretion by not investigating or citing anyone protecting their livestock.

Further, I am directing FWP to respond to any livestock depredation by removing whole packs that kill livestock, wherever this may occur.

Still further, to protect the elk herds in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley that have been most adversely affected by wolf predation, I am directing FWP, to the extent allowed by the Endangered Species Act, to cull these wolves by whole-pack removal to enable elk herds to recover.

full text of the NEWS RELEASE from mt.gov here

Wonder what the trade off is for this move upon the endangered wolf.MadMadMad  Perhaps that elk study isn't coming up with the numbers they wanted. 

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"there's been no immediate change in how the state deals with problem wolves, and Schweitzer's office on Friday backed away from some of his most adamant declarations of defiance against federal wolf protections.

Schweitzer's show of defiance was welcomed by someIdea$$$Idea in Montana, where ranchers and hunters have grown increasingly frustrated with federal restrictions against public wolf hunts.

But they were rejected by the Interior Department as taking the wrong approach and generated alarm among wildlife advocates." 


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