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Montana hunters not killing enough wolves, counties say

PREDATORS -- Idaho's wolf trapping season starts today to boost the take of wolves in areas where hunting hasn't been able to fulfill the quotas set by the state.

Meanwhile in Montana, where the general rifle season hunting past the half-way mark, the public and some officials are starting to doubt that hunters will fill the quota set for wolves in the West Fork of the Bitterroot, according to a story in the Ravalli Republic.

Fish and game commissioners suggest the wolf season likely will be extended. Once hunters are done with their deer and elk hunting, maybe some will focus more on wolves.

On the other hand, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department just announced it will be closing a central Montana region to wolf hunting because the quota of 18 wolves has been reached.  Read on for the announcement.

The hunting of all wolves in Montana Wolf Management Unit 390, which include portions of Silver Bow, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Cascade, Meagher, Gallatin, Park, Judith Basin, Wheatland, Sweet Grass, Stillwater, Carbon, Golden Valley, Fergus, Petroleum, Musselshell, Yellowstone, Big Horn, Treasure, Rosebud, Garfield, McCone, Prairie, Custer, Powder River, Carter, Fallon, Wibaux, Dawson and Richland Counties will closeWednesday, November 16, at one half-hour after sunset.

The order halting the hunt came after Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials received word that the pre-established harvest quota for wolves in the WMU had been met.

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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