(MTN News) Although big game hunting season has ended in Montana, the wolf hunting season continues.
Through the end of the general deer and elk season on Nov. 27, hunters in Northwest Montana FWP Region One have taken 34 wolves. The statewide total sits at 106 wolves taken, up slightly from last year at the end of the general deer and elk season.
The wolf hunting season continues until March 15. Hunters can still purchase a wolf hunting license, but there is a 24-hour waiting period before it is valid. Wolf trapping begins on December 15.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials point out the wolf trappers must purchase a furbearer trapping license and have completed the wolf trapping certification course to trap wolves.
The bag limit is five wolves per hunter/trapper in any combination of hunting or trapping. FWP reports that 210 wolves were taken in 2015.
FWP provides the following information about wolves in the Treasure State:
Wolves first began colonizing northwest Montana near Glacier National Park in the early 1980s.
Wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park and the central Idaho wilderness in 1995 and 1996.
The average wolf pack in Montana has 6 to 8 animals.