Rule changes proposed to align wolf management with state law
by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
July 5, 2008
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host three public hearings in July to gather comment on a rule proposal that would allow state wildlife officials to designate the gray wolf as a species in need of management.
The need for new rules follows the official removal of the northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf in March from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. While that decision is being challenged in federal court, wolf conservation and management in Montana remains the responsibility of the state.
The proposed administrative rules remove the wolf from the state's endangered species list and reclassify it as a species in need of management.
The proposed rules also affirm FWP's commitment to wolf management, spelling out the manner and types of wolf-control methods that can be used by officials and citizens fully aligning Montana's wolf management plan and state law.
The rules hearings are set for 6 p.m. at the following FWP locations:
• Bozeman—July 16—1400 South 19th Ave.
• Missoula—July 17—3201 Spurgin Rd.
• Helena—July 18—1420 East Sixth Ave.
For more information visit FWP online at fwp.mt.gov. Click Recent Public Notices. Comments, which must be received by July 25, can be sent to Wildlife Division, Wolf ARM Public Comment, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For information call 406-444-3242.