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Yellowstone Superintendent Objects To Wolf Plan

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Yellowstone National Park submitted a letter to the Montana Division of Fish, Wildlife and Parks pertaining to their proposal to relax rules on gray wolf hunting and trapping.  Superintendent Dan Wenk wrote to the state agency saying the Park has concerns about the proposed wolf season, quotas and wildlife management unit boundaries adjacent the Park’s northern boundary.  Wenk says the proposal does not provide adequate safeguards against excessive harvest of wolves that live primarily in the park, but at times venture into Montana during the hunting season.  Wenk also suggests that the relaxed regulations will, “intensify the public outcry against the harvest of wolves that live primarily in Yellowstone National park and jeopardize the productive and collaborative research programs between our agencies.”  Wenk specifically told the agency that their plan to expand the hunt area near Gardiner and increasing the quota, a single pack could be eliminated or breeding pairs from multiple packs be killed out of a population that primarily lives inside the Park.  Consequently, Wenk is urging the state to consider two wolf subunits in that area and retain the quota used in previous hunt seasons.  In response to the concerns raised by Wenk, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim says the state agency is recommending revisions to the wolf-hunting proposal that had tentatively been adopted in May.

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