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Montana Wolf Depredation Down

posted Feb 2, 2016, 10:55 PM by chloe owens

12/28/15, by Madison Dapcevich, Grand Forks Herald

Montana wolf depredation down

Wolf livestock depredation is down in Montana because of the hunting and trapping season that continues to deter wolves from highly populated agricultural areas, experts say. In 2011, the federal government delisted wolves across western states after they were nearly decimated at the turn of the 20th century…wolf populations have been reestablished in northwest Montana – one of the fastest endangered species comebacks on record. As a species in need of management, wolf conservation became the primary responsibility of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and in 2009, the state opened its first wolf hunting and trapping season…population growth and depredation rates have stabilized and it is expected that will be the case for future years…an ethically conducted hunt can be an effective management tool…Last year 206 wolves were killed during the hunting season. The biggest challenge in wolf management to date will come this spring when federal oversight shifts to the state at the end of the 2016 federal fiscal year…costs have the potential to be offset with hunting license fees…