Up to 22 wolves could be killed in Montana
“Carolyn Sime with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks says it is unusual to have so many livestock attacks this late in the year.”
This couldn’t be what happens when you disrupt pack structure with a hunt could it? These questions need to be asked of wolf managers.
Federal agents hunt for wolves from 5 packs. Associated Press – Idaho Statesman
So far this year 91 Montana wolves were killed by livestock owners directly or Wildlife Services (mostly WS). 112 were killed in the hunt, natural causes, etc. This is a total of 203 dead wolves. If this action is carried out the dead wolf total for the year could reach 225, or 45% of the state’s wolf population. The rule of thumb, meaning it isn’t a hard and fast percentage, is that somewhat over 30% of the wolves in a state can die during a year with no decline in the wolf population.