Posted: Aug 21, 2012 7:00 PM by MTN News
HELENA- The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is working to revise its wolf-livestock depredation response.
Some of the proposed revisions set by FWP are to identify, target and remove offending wolves, as well as avoid lethal removal of non-problem wolves in areas near depredation, and to collar and release at least one wolf when a confirmed depredation occurs.
The proposed revisions are designed to give greater flexibility to Wildlife Services, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Legislation passed in 2011 requires FWP to ensure county commissions and tribal governments have the chance for consultation before a final decision on the polices.
County commissions and tribal governments will have the opportunity to comment on the revision through September 21st and then FWP will finalize a protocol and reassess its effectiveness within a year.