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MT: Gray wolf hunting and trapping regulations announced

From CSKT Natural Resources Department

The Tribal Council recently approved Gray Wolf Hunting and Trapping Regulations for the Flathead Indian Reservation for the 2017-18 hunting season. Wolf hunting tags will be available from the Tribal Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation Permit Office to CS&KT Tribal members who present valid Tribal Identification.

The wolf hunting season will begin on September 1 and will run through April 30, 2018 in the Northwest and South Zones and through March 31, 2018 in the Mission Mountains Zone. The three wolf hunting and trapping zones are Mission, Northwest and South, a map is available at the Tribal Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation Permit office.

Means of taking include rifle, bow, trapping, and electronic calling.

Hunting & Trapping Harvest limits for each hunting zone are as follows: Mission Mountains Zone: One wolf per individual hunter or trapper until a maximum of 5 wolves are taken or March 31, 2018. Northwest Zone: Two wolves per individual hunter or trapper until a maximum of 10 wolves are taken or April 30, 2016. Southern Zone: Two wolves per individual hunter or trapper until a maximum of 10 wolves are taken or April 30, 2018.

Trapping season for wolves will begin on Northwest and South Zones on September 1 and will extend through April 30, 2018. Trapping season in the Mission Mountains Zone will begin on December 1 and extend through March 31, 2018.

CS&KT Tribal trappers who plan to set traps for wolves must obtain a Tribal Trapping Permit from the Tribal Fish and Wildlife Conservation Program. Tribal trappers are required to attend a mandatory wolf trapping training class prior to trapping on the Reservation. Contact the Tribal Wildlife Management program if you are interested in attending a trapping class, and one will be scheduled depending on demand. Trappers who have completed the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks or Idaho Fish & Game wolf trapping course may present proof of course completion to receive wolf trapping permits from the Tribal Fish and Wildlife Conservation Program.

To assist the Tribal Wildlife Management Program with wolf management on the Reservation, hunters who take a wolf must present the skull and hide of the animal for analysis and data collection within 7 days of taking the animal. Failure to do so will result in a rejection of applications for future wolf hunting or trapping tags. Also, unused permits and questionnaires must be returned to the Permit Office no later than 7 days following the closure of the hunting season.

Tribal Game Wardens will assist in the enforcement of Tribal hunting regulations should the need arise. Wolf hunting tags will be available from the Tribal Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation Permit Office to Tribal members who present a valid Tribal Identification card after August 31 .

In case of excessive taking of wolves in a particular hunting zone, closure of the wolf hunting season may occur within a 48 hour period with a notice in the news media.

For further information on the Gray Wolf Hunting Regulations contact Dale Becker at 675-2700 ext. 7278 or daleb@cskt.org

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