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Body count now 85 in Idaho/Montana wolf hunts

[thumbnail icon url=”body-count-now-85″ filename=”news” year=”2009″ month=”10″ day=”22″] The season is still young, but 85 wolves have already been claimed by this year’s hunts in Idaho and Montana.

As of October 21, 2009, Montana is reporting 12 wolves have been killed out of their stated quota of 77 – which they are “not concerned” about exceeding. Idaho is up to 73 dead wolves, which is a good percentage of the way towards their 220 wolf quota (which accounts for 26% of the state’s wolf population).

Montana has shut down hunting in some portions of the state after determining their initial strategy “missed the mark.” 9 wolves were killed remarkably quickly near the borders of Yellowstone National Park as hunters took advantage of particularly vulnerable wolves. The quota for so called WMU-3 area of the state is 12.

A federal judge did not stop the hunts in response to legal challenges prior to their start, but did agree that there was strong legal grounds for the current challenge against the delisting of wolves.

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