Posted: Jul 11, 2013 8:50 AM by MTN News
HELENA - State wildlife managers have approved the 2013 wolf hunting and trapping season.
The general rifle season will open on September 15 and hunters will be able to harvest up to five wolves. There are no statewide quotas.
FWP reports there are at least 625 wolves in Montana. Last season, a total of 225 wolves were killed.
Wildlife officials have set specific quotas for wolves outside Yellowstone and Glacier national parks. This issue was a point of contention for two commissioners who wanted lower quotas in those areas.
"I'm not concerned about the viability of the wolf population north of Yellowstone National Park, but quite honestly, I am concerned about the economic impacts to wolf watching, the impact it has on the town of Gardiner," FWP Commissioner Gary Wolfe said.
There were over 25,000 public comments received on this wolf hunt, ranging from those who want a more aggressive hunt and those who oppose it altogether.