16 Dec '11, 12pm

Hunting Wolves Out West: More, Less?: Critics of wolf reductions say that state officials are allowing too many

Associated Press A gray wolf. Montana has extended its wolf hunting season past a Dec. 31 deadline. The war over wolves continues in the West. In May, the Department of Interior announced that it was taking wolves off the Endangered Species List and that management would be turned over to state wildlife agencies. Rather than reduce controversy, however, its decision seems to have increased it. Wildlife officials in Idaho announced a plan, taking effect this month, that would rely on snare and leg-hold trapping and helicopter-borne sharpshooters to kill as many as 75 wolves in mountainous terrain in the east, near the Montana border, known as the Lolo Zone. In Montana, the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has extended the hunting season on wolves past the Dec. 31 deadline, saying that not enough wolves were shot during the season. Just 105 wolves have been taken so fa...

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