Wolf hunting quota increase being considered in Montana

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Montana state wildlife managers suggested tripling gray wolf (Canis lupus) hunting quota — from two to six individuals — in an area just outside Yellowstone National Park. That suggestion was struck down by the Montana wildlife commission last week, but the final quota will not be set until July. Wolf populations in Montana have been increasing since they began colonizing the area in the 1980s and some have complained that predators are removing excess elk, which are desirable to hunters and hunting outfitters. Groups opposing the increased hunting quota argue that the wolves in question spend significant time inside the National Park, where hunting is not permitted.

For more information on this decision see the Billings Gazette, and for information on The Wildlife Society’s position on gray wolves in the contiguous United States, see the position statement.