Bill Would Let Landowners Shoot Threatening Wolves

By Beacon Staff

HELENA — There is broad support in the state Senate for a plan to let landowners shoot threatening wolves on sight.

Supporters say Senate Bill 200 would direct the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to adopt new regulations for such wolves.

The measure says the landowners should be allowed to shoot wolves that pose a “threat to human safety, livestock or dogs.”

It was endorsed Tuesday in a 43-6 initial vote. After a final vote scheduled for Wednesday it goes to the House, before the governor would consider it.

Supporters say that the measure will not threaten the state’s ability to manage wolves without federal intervention.

Opponents argued there are already enough protections for landowners, pointing out wildlife agents already have an orderly system of killing troublesome wolves.

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