Billings – Two classes, which are mandatory for anyone planning to trap wolves in Montana this winter, are set for Billings in September.
Classes are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16 at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 5 headquarters, 2300 Lake Elmo Dr. in Billings Heights. Each class runs from noon to 6 p.m.
Classes are limited to 50 people each. Participants may register online at http://www.tinyurl/wolftrapping or by following the links to education on the FWP web site, http://fwp.mt.gov. The online site also includes opportunities to register for classes on other dates and elsewhere in the state.
Earlier this year Montana became only the second of the lower 48 states to schedule a trapping season. Idaho was the first in 2011. The FWP commission agreed to require all wolf trappers to complete a class. In addition to specifics on equipment and techniques, participants will learn about the history, ethics, management, regulations and requirements of wolves and wolf trapping.
Wolf trappers must hold a Montana trapping license and complete the class before heading to the field.
Montana’s wolf trapping season runs from Dec. 15 to Feb. 28, 2013. In addition, Montana has a wolf hunting season that started Sept. 1 for archers in some backcountry districts and ends Feb. 28, 2013.