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Montana FWP Commission meeting; wolf quota decision expected

[large thumbnail url=”montana-fwp-commission-meeting-wolf-quota-decision-expected” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”07″ day=”08″] [thumbnail icon url=”montana-fwp-commission-meeting-wolf-quota-decision-expected” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”07″ day=”08″] May 2010 saw the Montana FWP Commission narrow down and approve three different quotas for the 2010 wolf hunt – July 8, 2010 sees a meeting where the Commission is expected to announce which quota they plan to use.

The options the Commission will be selecting from are 153 (just over double the 2009 quota), 186 – which is considered the most likely – and 216, which would represent almost a 200% increase over the 2009 quota.

State Wolf Program Coordinator Carolyn Sime says FWP has received 1,500 comments since May, when public comments were invited.

The expectation is that FWP will elect to set the quota to 186 and spread that quota over 14 different zones. The 2009 hunt saw a quota of 75 with three zones.

This decision from the Commission could be moot, however, if Federal Judge Molloy decides a lawsuit in favor of a number of wolf advocacy groups as it would restore full Endangered Species Act protections to Montana’s wolves.

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