MT man poaches 2 wolves; pays $1135

Columbia Falls man cited for poaching two wolves-

Although it is wolf hunting season in Montana, one NW Montanan couldn’t wait. He shot two wolves along Whale Creek Road in the North Fork Flathead drainage on Oct. 9.  He plead guilty and paid a large fine for a wolf violation, a $1,135 fine.  A third wolf has been shot and left in the general North Fork Flathead area. That was in the Red Top Meadow area. Montana FWP is looking for info.

It isn’t clear if these poached wolves will be added to the quota of 75.

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Someone sent me the photo below. This appears to be in the Lolo area NW of Missoula.



Wolf advocates submit brief in wolf delisting case

Plaintiffs (wolf advocates) file Memorandum in Support of Summary Judgment to overturn the Federal Government’s Delisting of Northern Rocky Mountain Wolves

For those interested in reading the legal filing submitted yesterday (10/26/09) :

Plaintiff’s Memorandum In Support of Motion For Summary Judgmentacrobat pdf

Area north of Gardiner closed due to bear activity

Too many griz were feeding on gut piles from past hunters-

The Beattie Gulch area on the Gallatin N.F. has been closed to hunting by the Forest Service. Larry Thorngren reported to us the other day that this gathering of grizzly bears was taking place. Hunters have been mauled before in Beattie Gulch, e.g., two in 2007.

Area north of Gardiner closed due to bear activity
. AP. Casper Star Tribune.