Montana Joins Idaho In Wolf Trapping


Montana joined Idaho Saturday as the Big Sky State launched its 2012-2013 wolf trapping season. Idaho's trapping season began Nov. 15.

This morning's Missoulian reports that Montana trappers weren't allowed to place any traps before Dec. 18, so they didn't expect a rush of activity this weekend.

To date, Montana hunters have killed 93 wolves in a rifle season that continues through Feb. 28. Montana officials said they would forgo a quota this season after seeing 166 kills during the 2011-2012 hunting season.

On Dec. 10, Montana officials ordered hunters to silence their guns in some areas north of Yellowstone National Park, in the wake of the killings of eight wolves fitted with GPS collars, that were found just outside the Yellowstone park limits.

Idaho Fish and Game reports that rifle hunters have killed 116 wolves this season while trappers have taken another seven. The Idaho hunting season runs through March 31 in most parts of Idaho, except the remote area west of Montana's Bitterrot Mountains, where hunters can remain active until June 30.