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Yellowstone says wolf hunt changes in Montana are protecting Yellowstone animals

BILLINGS, Mont. — Wolf hunting restrictions in portions of Montana bordering Yellowstone National Park are protecting the park’s animals from a repeat of a previous hunt when almost half the members of a well-known pack were killed, federal and state officials said Wednesday.Yellowstone wolf biologist Doug Smith said Montana’s 2011-2012 wolf season so far has turned out better for the park than an inaugural hunt in 2009. That year hunters killed four of the ten wolves in Yellowstone’s Cottonwood pack, the subject of years of scientific research and a popular draw for wolf watchers visiting the park from across the country.

The killings sparked an outcry from wildlife advocates and prompted Montana to adjust its hunting regulations to prevent a recurrence…

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