By EVE BYRON – Independent Record
Montana’s 2009 wolf hunting season could have quotas ranging from 26 to 207 under three options that will be presented to the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission Thursday.
Addition by Ralph Maughan
I received this today. It is background on setting the wolf hunt quota.
FWP COMMISSION AGENDA ITEM COVER SHEET
Meeting Date: May 14, 2009 Agenda Item: 2009 Tentative Wolf Quotas
Action Needed: Approve Tentative Rule Time Needed for Presentation: 30 minutes
Background: Regulated public harvest of wolves, first endorsed by the Governor’s Wolf Advisory Council in 2000, was included in Montana’s wolf conservation and management plan. In 2001, the Legislature authorized the Commission to reclassify wolves under state law from an endangered species to a species in need of management upon federal delisting. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to delist the gray wolf in Montana from the Endangered Species Act, will be effective May 4, 2009. Litigation challenging the federal delisting decision is expected. Read the rest of this entry »