Friday, June 09, 2000The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Enforcement Division reminds owners of wolves or wolf hybrids of 50 percent wolf or more that the animals are required by Montana law to be permanently tattooed. A number is assigned by FWP and within 15 days after the number is assigned, the animal must be tattooed, the tattoo certified by a veterinarian and paper work sent back to FWP.
According to FWP, about 250 of these animals are registered in Montana today. Individuals obtain these animals from wolf breeders.
It is illegal to possess or remove from the wild any game animal, game bird, songbird, furberarers or birds of prey, and fines may be levied for such violations.
Owners of these animals must also immediately report the animal's death, escape, release, transfer of custody or any other significant change. To request an application for a tattoo number contact Debbie Bingham at (406)-444-2452 or Tim Feldner at (406)-444-4039 in the FWP Enforcement Division in Helena.