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Officials gives initial OK to expanding wolf hunt

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm •  Published: May 10, 2013

Under the proposal for the 2013-14 hunting season, FWP would continue the general hunting season with a statewide quota, set a seven-wolf quota in a wolf management unit north of Yellowstone National Park, and maintain a two-wolf limit in a hunting area near Glacier National Park.

The agency also wants the authority to initiate emergency season closures at any time, especially if wolf harvest levels seem excessive.

FWP Commission Chairman Dan Vermillion said he knows wolf management is a contentious issue, but he noted that everyone who spoke at Thursday's meeting seemed to have the common goal of maintaining healthy populations of elk, wolves, deer and other wildlife.

Public comments will be taken through June 24 and the commission will consider final adoption at its July 10 meeting in Helena.