Montana to be More Aggressive in Hunting Wolves

Montana is going to be much more aggressive in hunting wolves in upcoming seasons, according to Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director Joe Maurier, while also looking at different ways to manage other large carnivores.

Speaking during a FWP Commission work session to a room filled with county commissioners and hunting and trapping advocates, Maurier said some wolf management ideas coming out of his department may need statutory changes by the 2013 Legislature. Still he hopes to liberalize the season in a variety of ways.

“My message, right off the bat, is that we are going to be much more aggressive in our proposals this hunting season; not just because it’s what people want but because of what we’re seeing out in the field,” Maurier said. “It’s very clear that harvesting wolves will be a challenge for us.”

Options include allowing wolf trapping, the taking of more than one wolf per person, approving the use of electronic calls, reducing the price of non-resident wolf hunting licenses from $350 to $50 and lengthening the season. FWP also is looking at removing quotas as well as wolf management units, so wolves could be hunted across the state throughout the season…

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