BOZEMAN—A landowner in southwest Montana recently shot and killed a wolf chasing livestock on private property near Jardine.
The shooting occurred on March 30, 2005. Federal rules now in effect across most of southwest Montana allow citizens to kill wolves attacking, chasing, or harassing livestock.
Carolyn Sime, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Wolf Management Coordinator reported, “Federal law enforcement authorities investigated and confirmed that the wolf was chasing livestock and that the shooting was in accordance with federal regulations.” The landowner reported the incident immediately. “At the landowner’s request, FWP has agreed not to release his name or place of business,” Sime said.
Under the 10j rule approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that gives Montana more wolf management authority and flexibility, anyone who shoots or kills a wolf must report the incident within 24 hours. In addition, evidence of the actual wolf attack or evidence that an attack was imminent, must be available for state and federal investigators to inspect.
The federal rule applies to the areas south of U.S. Highway 12 (west of Missoula) to Interstate 90; I-90 to I-15; I-15 to the Missouri River at Great Falls; and the Missouri River to the North Dakota border.