Montana will not reconsider changes in this year’s wolf hunt.
Montana: Changes in Wolf Hunt Are Considered
The New York Times
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Wildlife officials will consider changes to the state’s inaugural wolf hunt after hunters killed nine wolves in just three weeks along the border of Yellowstone National Park. More than 1,300 gray wolves were removed from the endangered species list in Idaho and Montana this spring after a costly federal restoration effort. Hunting has been promoted as a way to keep the population of the fast-breeding species in check and reduce wolf attacks on livestock. At least 48 wolves have been killed since Sept. 1 by hunters in the two states. But all but 2 of the 11 killed in Montana came from a small part of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, along the northern border of Yellowstone. Four of those wolves were from Yellowstone’s Cottonwood Pack, including the group’s breeding female. Concerned about the heavily concentrated killing, state wildlife commissioners suspended hunting last week in the area.