Public hearing: Montana FWP moves toward new wolf hunting plan

Large public turnout. Many opinions. General support for plan about 3 to 2-

The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission heard testimony yesterday on their plan to have a longer wolf hunt with no quota and many new ways of killing wolves, including trapping. There will be a quota around Yellowstone Park, however, to prevent the killing of large numbers of Park wolves. The Park population of wolves has stabilized at a relatively low level compared to their peak population.

Some of the changes require legislative approval. A number of folks worried about opening the hunt to the tea party controlled Montana legislature.

This is not the last opportunity for public comment.  The public comment period ends on June 25th.

The article by Eve Byron in the Helena Independent Record discusses the many suggestions, criticisms, etc. of the tentative plan



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  1. Jon Way Avatar

    These meetings are a waste of time. No matter what is said their minds are already made up. It doesn’t matter what state you are in, these types of meetings are predetermined and always in the favor of hunting and trapping.

    For example, this is pathetic and will likely pass “They also want the commission to consider allowing snares along with traps, and eliminating a provision that calls for checking traps every 48 hours.” So, checking your traps more than once every 2 days is too much? They must live in a different world, yet they have all the say in wildlife mgmt.

    1. Mike Avatar

      ++eliminating a provision that calls for checking traps every 48 hours.++

      That is some lazy, lazy shit.

      These people need to get a life.

      1. Nancy Avatar

        But first and foremost, they must possess or gain a conscience, Mike.

        History’s shown, it gets confusing when you’re raised to think, taking potshots at any living thing is the accepted norm – wheither they be human or otherwise.

        1. Mike Avatar

          It really is sad. They’ve got nothing going on so they must find things they can control. Wildlife becomes the kicking can.

          It’s amazing what consistent reading can do for the mind.


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