In 2011 the state of Montana took over gray wolf management after the species lost federal protection. Ever since, the state's stewards have done little but find new ways and new reasons to kill wolves.
Following delisting the state immediately instituted a wolf-hunting season. In 2012 it added wolf-trapping; in 2013 it nearly doubled the bag limit for wolves. Now Montana has decided it needs to authorize even more ways to "regulate" this still-recovering keystone species.
The latest proposed amendments from the state will allow landowners or their agents to kill a wolf on their property without license or permit. All that's required is that the landowner think the wolf is a "potential threat" to human safety, livestock or domestic dogs. The new rules will also permit setting year-round traps for "problem wolves," which could lead to indiscriminate killing of gray wolves and other nontarget species.
Since delisting, 488 gray wolves have been killed in Montana by hunting and trapping. Enough is enough.
Please take action now and tell Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to stop their plans to expand wolf-killing.
December 13, 2013 Action Alert ID# 125
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