New Heathens
11Dec/12Off

Epilogue

MONTANA: WOLF HUNTS ARE BANNED IN AREAS BORDERING YELLOWSTONE

By Nate Schweber

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. The decision was made after the eighth Yellowstone wolf wearing a tracking collar for research was killed this season. 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. Doug Smith, a senior wildlife biologist for the park, praised the decision as a “moderate” one that “addresses some of the issues as far as the science.”

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The newspaper in Fairbanks, Alaska ran a story, citing this one, about how harvesting wolves just outside a National Park border is a fiercely debated issue around Denali too. It's also controversial back closer to Yellowstone, around Grand Teton National Park, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reports.

National Public Radio also did a good story on 832F and wolf hunting in the Northern Rockies. 

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