Montana could double or triple wolf quota. Please attend-
Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks will be holding them. The meetings will be held at the following locations on June 2 from 7-9 p.m.:
* Billings—FWP Headquarters; 2300 Lake Elmo Dr.
* Bozeman—Holiday Inn; 5 E. Baxter Lane
* Glasgow—Valley County Court House; 501 Court Square
* Great Falls—FWP Headquarters; 4600 Giant Springs Rd.
* Kalispell—FWP Headquarters; 490 N. Meridian Rd.
* Miles City—FWP Headquarters; 352 I-94 Business Loop
* Missoula—Double Tree Hotel Missoula Edgewater; 100 Madison
Proposed Wolf Hunting Season for 2010—major changes from last year:
- This year FWP is proposing to at least double or triple the number of wolves that can be shot by hunters. There are 3 “quota” options for public comment and consideration: 153, 186, or 216 wolves. (Last year’s hunting quota was 75 wolves.)
- The proposal Wolf Hunting Units—14 smaller units proposed with several sub-units (last year’s structure was comprised of 3 large units statewide).
- Extended season length—the season will run until December 31, 2010 unless the quota is met sooner. A new archery-only season beginning Sept. 4. A new backcountry rifle season beginning Sept. 15.
- Only one wolf license per hunter.
There are 3 proposed rules that tighten hunting regulations that may help reduce illegal wolf killing, and which can be supported:
- Any illegal take (poaching) will be subtracted from the hunting quota.
- Any “over-run” of the quota in an individual sub-unit will be subtracted from the quota in the larger area.
- A new 5-day waiting period—wolf hunting licenses will not be valid until 5 days from the date of purchase.
You may comment on any of the proposed regulations above, as well as the quota numbers.
You could also ask FWP Commissioners to ban hunting within 10 miles of Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks to protect core populations.
FWP Commissioners will read public comment until June 14, and then vote to select one of the three quotas, and vote to approve or disapprove individual regulations at their July 8 meeting.
For more details on the proposed wolf hunting regulations, see: http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/default.html