Wolf hunt shut down in MT after quota filled

Billings, Mont. (AP) – Montana is shutting down its first public
hunt for gray wolves since their removal from the endangered
species list, after state officials said they expected to meet the
season’s 75-wolf quota by Monday evening.

The order to halt the hunt came after state wildlife officials
said the quota had been met across southwestern Montana and was
expected to be met in northern Montana. Wolf hunting in the
southeastern portion of the state closed Oct. 26.

The quota equaled about 15 percent of a statewide wolf
population estimated at 500.

Whether the hunt will be repeated next year is uncertain. A
lawsuit to return the predator to the endangered list is pending
before Judge Donald Molloy U.S. District Court in Missoula.

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