Wolf management in Montana
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
February 7, 2009
While the world awaits word from the Obama Administration about wolf delisting in the Northern Rockies, wolf management continues in our region.
Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, through an interagency cooperative agreement, is still the lead agency for all wolf conservation and management in the state of Montana (within the bounds of federal regulations) so long as adequate federal funding continues to be made available.
FWP reports that it will will continue to monitor wolves, do public outreach, and guide and direct research activities. No public hunting or trapping is allowed. USDA Wildlife Services is still the agency to investigate causes of injured or dead livestock and carry out FWP’s decisions to address conflicts, as guided by federal regulations.
Montana will continue to stay involved in litigation and any future delisting developments and will continue to seek the most efficient, successful path to delisting. FWP will also continue its collaborative work with Montana Tribes, other state and federal agencies, and the Montana Livestock Loss Reduction and Mitigation Program.