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Montana makes it easier to kill wolves

[large thumbnail url=”montana-makes-it-easier-to-kill-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”03″ day=”08″] [thumbnail icon url=”montana-makes-it-easier-to-kill-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”03″ day=”08″] Montana is making it easier to kill wolves in the state after officials says there are too many wolves on the landscape.

According to an article on the Helena Independent Record website,  Federal Wildlife Services agents now have more power to kill wolves in the state of Montana without specific authorization from Montana FWP.

The article says that federal agents may shoot wolves which are at or near confirmed livestock depredation sites.

They can also trap and kill wolves which “return” to the site to feed on dead livestock.

We put the word “return” in quotes because HOWLColorado fails to see how any agent can tell the difference between a wolf which is scavanging (a significant portion of their feeding behavior) and if they are, in fact, the predators which killed the livestock and are returning to the scene of the “crime.” However Eve Byron, the writer of the article, did use the work “return.”

Montana does have the ability to adjust their wolf management plans – as long as certain population numbers are maintained.

To read the full article: FWP eases wolf-killing regulations

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