Wolves

Six people carry a large crate through the snow.
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Yellowstone National Park wildlife biologists will host Facebook Live events each Tuesday in March to commemorate the 25th anniversary of wolf reintroduction in the park. 

State wildlife managers in Montana’s northwest corner want to change wolf hunting regulations. Under a new proposal from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 1, general hunting and trapping seasons for wolves would lengthen and the individual kill limit would double.

A female elk walks through a snowy forest near Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, February 2018.
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is proposing to cut back on extended elk hunts next season. It comes several weeks after the Fish and Wildlife Commission said the agency should find other ways to drop elk numbers on private land. 

The Junction Butte Wolf Pack standing in the snow.
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Two wolf pups from a famous wolf pack in Yellowstone were killed by a car in the park November 19. 

Three bison walk through deep snow at Yellowstone National Park.
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A group of Gardiner residents are pushing for new restrictions to the annual bison hunt near Yellowstone National Park’s north entrance. But at a recent interagency meeting, tribal representatives say some of these changes would violate their treaty rights.

two wolves standing together
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Hunters and anglers in Montana can now fund wolf mitigation and control efforts. The optional donation on licenses comes from a bill signed into law this legislative session.

A coyote hunts for small mammals in the tall grass, October 2008.
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About a dozen states – including Montana and Wyoming – are allowed to use a controversial device called the M-44. Advocates say it’s an important tool to protect sheep from coyotes. Critics call it a ‘cyanide bomb’ and say it’s too risky for humans and pets. Now, several environmental groups are pushing to ban them at the state and federal level.

A wolf crosses a road near Artist Paint Pots, Yellowstone National Park, on November 07, 2017.
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Federal wildlife managers are gearing up to remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species List. But some environmentalists say the species isn’t ready and that the government is basing its decision on outdated science. A group of biologists in four western national parks are looking at the impacts of wolf deaths on their packs and how this could affect the greater population.

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A rancher east of Billings legally killed a wolf last week on his property.

Wolf sightings are rarer in eastern Montana than in the western part of the state, but more wolves may be passing through eastern Montana this time of year. 

The return of wolves and cougars to Yellowstone National Park is helping stream systems make a comeback. The new study published in the journal Ecohydrology suggests returning carnivores to a landscape can have a cascading effect across the ecosystem.

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