Wolf Season Comment Period Extended

By Beacon Staff

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has extended the comment period for the proposed 2013-14 wolf season until June 26.

According to Ken McDonald, FWP Wildlife Division Administrator, the departments’ public website has been down due to technical difficulties since mid-day June 23. The comment period had been scheduled to close June 24.

Send email comments to fwpwld@mt.gov or write to FWP – Wildlife Bureau, Attn: Public Comment, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

For more information, call 406-444-2612, or visit the FWP website.

The Fish, Wildlife and Parks commission gave tentative approval to a proposal to lengthen the hunting season for wolves and increase the bag limit from one to five.

FWP is proposing a rifle season from Sept 15 to March 31, compared to the recently ended Oct. 15 to Feb. 15 season.

Last season, hunters and trappers could take only one wolf, but a new law allowed the agency to increase that limit.

A total of 225 wolves were killed by hunters and trappers last season. There were at least 625 wolves in the state at the end of 2012, a 4 percent decrease from the year before.

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