Montana Wolf Hunt Halted Near YellowstoneBy Steve Casimiro on December 12th, 2012
After Yellowstone’s most “famous” radio-collared wolf was hunted and killed this past week Montana wildlife commissioners on Monday shut down all wolf hunts and prohibited trapping in areas of the state that border the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. Bob Ream, the chairman of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission, said the scientific study played a role in the decision. “We recognize they put a lot of time and money and effort into collaring wolves, and we want to see that research continue,” he said. Separately Tim Stevens, the Northern Rockies regional director for the National Parks Conservation Association argued that this year’s hunting season in the Rockies “…has taken a significant toll on iconic members of Yellowstone’s gray wolf population, which has included the killing of five wolves that were wearing scientific research collars. While this is temporary, we are hopeful that the state commission will set in place a permanent buffer around Yellowstone that will protect park wolves that occasionally leave the park’s boundries, boundries for which it is impossible for wildlife to understand the safety risks associated with it.” Via New York Times.
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