Wolf hunting rules being eased in Montana despite population decline

Wolf hunting rules being eased in Montana despite population decline
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Montana is considering several new measures that would ease wolf hunting laws in the state despite an anticipated decline in the animal's population.

The new rules would extend the hunting season, increase the number of wolves a hunter can kill, allow snaring during trapping season and night hunting on private land, and allow bait for hunting and trapping, The Associated Press reported.

Although the state's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks says the wolf population is on the decline from a successful 2020 hunting season, it believes the population can handle a hunting increase.

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A report released this week showed that more than 320 wolves were killed during the 2020 hunting season, according to the AP. 

The population is expected to decrease from about 1,150 to between 900 and 950. 

The new rules say that if more than 450 wolves are killed in a season, the department will reconsider the measures.

The proposed rules will be open for public comment next week. 

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The Hill has reached out to Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks for comment.