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Plan to Extend Montana’s Wolf Hunt Raises Hackles

Ambassador Wolf Zephyr (born April 4, 2011) at 8 weeks old

The wolf hunts in Montana have been controversial from the start. A hunt would not have been possible until Congress passed a 2011 budget rider (Sec. 1713) last spring that removed Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from wolves in that state. No longer endangered, the state’s wolf hunt was scheduled to start in August and end by December 31st unless the quota of 220 wolves was met first.
In early December, it became clear that the quota would likely not be filled and so the talks of an extension began. The hunts have already been extended past the original end date to February 15th (well into breeding season) and now MT Fish, Wildlife, Parks (MTFWP) announced a plan to extend the wolf-hunting season into at least April in one part of the state. Many Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) supporters are up in arms as this proposal would greatly impact breeding season, pregnant wolves, pups and the stability of the future Montana wolf population. If you too oppose this plan, there are resources to help you take action. National WolfWatcher Coalition created an “Emergency Montana Wolf Action Alert” on their website. MTFWP scheduled a meeting for January 19, 2012 to address the 2012 Wolf Management Harvest so you have a week to speak up for Montana’s wolves.

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2 Responses to Plan to Extend Montana’s Wolf Hunt Raises Hackles

  1. Denise Hudson says:

    These are God’s creatures and Man has no right to destroy them. We are not doing a good job of caring for the earth.

  2. Montana by Nature says:

    Bears have cubs in Spring and there’s a spring season for them. Mtn Lions breed all year around and there are seasons for them in fall, winter AND and archery season. Coyotes have similar breeding seasons as wolves and they are huntable year around. A quota was agreed on by BOTH sides of the despute in order to maintain managable populations of wolves…one side can’t back out now

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