ID, Mont. preparing for 1st wolf hunts in decades

Billings, Mont. (AP) – Montana and Idaho are moving to host
their first gray wolf hunts in decades this fall, following the
animal’s recent removal from the endangered list across much of the
Northern Rockies.

Wolves were wiped out across the region by the 1930s and
reintroduced in 1995.

There are now an estimated 1,350 wolves in Montana and Idaho.
Wolves across most of the rest of the lower 48 states remain
federally protected.

In Montana, state wildlife commissioners are to vote Wednesday
on a proposal that would let hunters in the state shoot 75 wolves,
or 15 percent of the population, beginning in mid-September.

Idaho’s Fish and Game Commission meets this later month to set
its quota.

Environmentalists have said they will challenge any hunting
season in court.

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