Montana says no to further wolf hunting in specific management areas.
Wildlife officials in Montana have closed the wolf hunting season in an area located just north of Yellowstone National Park.
Hunters in the area have reportedly killed more wolves than the state quota permits. Ron Aasheim of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks stated that hunting efforts on Saturday produced three wolves in the area that encompasses Park, Sweet Grass, and Carbon Counties.
Since this area remains a management zone for wolf populations, only two wolves can legally be harvested there. The hunters were not believed to have been hunting together and reported the kills within 24 hours.
After reports came in, decisions to close the area to further hunting took place last Sunday afternoon.
The rest of the state continues to be open for wolf hunting efforts during the regulated seasons. Only special management areas hold a harvest quota.
Since the reintroduction of wolves to the area in the years past, wolf numbers have exploded. Locals in the surrounding states continue to pursue wolves as a means of maintaining a healthy balance between them and other game animals that inhabit the region.
For more information on wolf hunting in Montana, please visit www.montana.gov.