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Montana asks feds for limited wolf hunt

[large thumbnail url=”montana-asks-feds-for-limited-wolf-hunt” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”11″ day=”18″] [thumbnail icon url=”montana-asks-feds-for-limited-wolf-hunt” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”11″ day=”18″]The state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission will ask the federal government for a permit that would allow a limited wolf hunt in southwestern Montana because of the threat to the elk population there.

A federal judge reinstated endangered species protections for the gray wolf in Montana and Idaho this summer, but the state wildlife agency can ask for such a hunt in small areas where wolves are deemed an experimental species, such as the West Fork of the Bitterroot River.

The agency proposes to shoot 12 of the estimated 24 wolves in that area south of Darby. The state agency would choose 100 “agents of the state” from a pool of hunters who apply.

The wolves preying on elk calves in the region have contributed to a dangerously low ratio of calves to cows, wildlife officials said…

Read the entire article on necn.com: Montana asks feds for limited wolf hunt

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