May 22, 2014 in Region

Montana to let homeowners kill 100 wolves a year

Associated Press

BILLINGS — Montana wildlife commissioners have initially approved a proposal allowing landowners to kill up to 100 gray wolves annually if the predators pose a perceived threat.

Thursday’s action significantly expands the circumstances under which wolves can be killed without a hunting license. In the past, that was largely limited to instances in which wolves attacked livestock.

Under the new rule, shooting wolves would be permitted whenever they pose a potential threat to human safety, livestock or domestic dogs. State lawmakers last year passed a law requiring the expansion.

Critics say the proposal is excessive and equates to a year-round wolf hunting season.

Separately, commissioners approved hunting regulations that reduce the annual wolf quota from four animals to three in an area near Yellowstone National Park.

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