Proposal To Double The Wolf Quota Rejected

Montana wildlife regulators rejected a proposal to double the allowance of wolves that can be hunted or trapped near Yellowstone.

A proposal to double the number of gray wolves that can be hunted or trapped in an area north of Yellowstone National Park was rejected this week by the Montana wildlife regulators.

The Associated Press reports Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission Chairman Dan Vermillion said keeping the limit at two, as opposed to increasing it to the proposed four, was a compromise between anti-hunting groups and hunters and ranchers.

“We’re not talking about the future of wolves in Montana. We’re not talking about the future of elk in Montana. Both are very secure,” Vermillion told the AP.

Montana officials said around 29 wolves annually use the area. The AP reports the state has no limits on wolves for hunters and trappers anywhere except for area adjacent to Yellowstone and Glacier national parks. The considered area for the proposal covers about 250 square miles north of the park.

The proposal for four wolves was a second option for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, who initially proposed making the quota six wolves, the AP reports. That proposal was denied in May.

Though no hunting is allowed in the park, wolf hunting in Montana has been legal since the de-listing of wolves in 2011.


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