Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced today that a new weekly report that chronicles the state's wolf management efforts is available online.
FWP's wolf program weekly report highlights the previous week's activities related to monitoring, wolf and livestock interaction, outreach, education, research, law enforcement, and other topics. The comprehensive report will be available each Monday.
"Montana's weekly wolf report is intended to keep anyone interested in Montana's wolf program up-to-date on Montana wolves and their management," said Jeff Hagener, director of FWP. "It will be comprehensive enough for the needs of journalists and it will be easily accessible to landowners, legislators, teachers, and others interested in following wolf management in Montana."
Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains were removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species on March 28 and management authority for wolves was transferred to Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and the respective Indian Tribes.
A dozen groups, however, are suing the federal government over its recent wolf- delisting decision. While Montana, Idaho and Wyoming have filed motions to help defend the federal wolf-delisting decision, it is possible that the states' wolf management authority could be changed as a result of the lawsuit.
The first weekly report covers management activity from wolf delisting through May 2. Contributors to the weekly report include FWP, USDA Wildlife Services, the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the Blackfeet Nation and others.