Montana Outdoors

Dec 10, 2012 7:05 PM by Adam Bell - MTN News

Buffer zone created near Yellowstone to protect wolves

HELENA - During a statewide conference call, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks established a small buffer zone on the north side of Yellowstone National Park to protect some wolves during the upcoming trapping season.

The buffer zone is to protect radio collared wolves used for research. Eight have already been killed this year, including the well-known alpha female called 832F.

Tourist Shawn Jones, who is from the United Kingdom, expressed her concern for the agency's handling of wolves.

"I'm one of the people who come out of season. I stay in your motels. I pay a lot of money. I'm one of those tourists. I think it's safe to say that the people I know in Europe are talking about no longer returning to this area because they are appalled and disgusted by what has been happening and what has been going on," Jones said.

Montana's first wolf trapping season begins on Dec. 15 and runs through Feb. 13.

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