FWP obtained full authority to manage wolves in Montana upon the federal delisting of the Rocky Mountain gray wolf in May 2011. FWP is committed to using its authority to responsibly manage Montana’s wolf population while addressing conflicts with livestock and other wildlife populations.
FWP is further committed to allowing hunters, who are showing a real interest in pursuing wolves, to become even more involved in Montana’s approach to wolf management.
The focus will be on ensuring that Montana’s conservation and management program keeps the wolf off the federal endangered species list while pursuing a wolf population level below current numbers to manage impacts on game populations and livestock.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks requests that the public report any sightings or signs of wolves. A gray wolf is, on average, 2.5 feet tall; 5-6 feet long; 70-120 pounds with a broad snout, round ears, and fur ranging from gray, black, or tan to white.
FWP must prepare annual reports to document the recovered status and distribution of the Montana wolf population. This information will help aid in their management.
To report a dead wolf or possible illegal activity, call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).
The Montana Wolf Weekly Report summarizes information about wolves and their management in Montana on a weekly basis. Highlighted activities are monitoring, wolf-livestock interactions, outreach and education, research, law enforcement, and other miscellaneous program information. Information is contributed by the managing agencies and Montana Tribes.
The annual reports present information on the status, distribution, and management of wolves in the State of Montana. Reports are a cooperative effort by FWP, USDA Wildlife Services, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Blackfeet Nation, and The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
Flight monitoring reports present information on the whereabouts of collared wolves on the day of the flight. Every 4-6 weeks, FWP staff fly to observe wolf packs and obtain counts throughout the year. Flight reports are grouped for packs according to geographic area. Look for the area of interest.
FWP's wolf team works throughout the state monitoring the wolf population, investigating wolf reports, working with landowners, and doing public outreach. [Contact the Wolf Team]
Read the latest news about Montana's wolves. [Learn more]
Record of Decision, Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Executive Summary, public meeting comments, Montana Wolf Management Advisory Council, and questions and answers. [Learn more]