Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks is proposing a longer wolf hunt and higher kill limits for next season . . .
Montana wildlife commissioners may extend the hunting season for wolves and the number of predators that can be killed by a hunter or trapper.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks is proposing a rifle season from Sept. 15 to March 31. Last year, the season began Oct. 15 and ended Feb. 15, resulting in 128 wolves killed by rifle and bow hunters. Trappers took an additional 97 wolves, for a total of 225 predators killed. That is the highest number killed in Montana since federal protections for wolves were lifted for Idaho and Montana in 2011.
The agency also is proposing allowing hunters and trappers to take up to five wolves each, the Independent Record reported Wednesday.