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Friday, July 13, 2012

Season Expanded, Quotas Lifted For Montana Gray Wolf Hunting

A gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. (AP)

The latest chapter in the ongoing controversy over how to manage gray wolves in the West has been written by the state of Montana.

Wildlife officials in the Big Sky state have approved a more expansive gray wolf hunt this year, lifting the quota on gray wolf killings, raising the limit on how many gray wolves can be bagged from one to three, and for the first time allowing the capture of gray wolves in traps.

The rulings came after thousands of public comments for and against the plan. Gray wolf advocates call the use of traps “barbaric and uncalled for,” while farmers and ranchers say the gray wolf population is getting out of control and complain about the predators killing their livestock.

Guest:

  • Mike Dennison, reporter with Lee Newspapers in Montana

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  • Vfrance29

    Why?  Why traps?  I understand the wolf population may be getting out of hand and something needs to be done about it…but traps?  Not cool.

  • Visitor

    The grey wolf is an endangered species and a keystone predator. Hunting them is entirely inappropriate. Using traps is downright disturbing. There are many other solutions that don’t cause the numerous problems that hunting the grey wolf will cause.

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