MONTANA’S WOLF POPULATION STILL STRONG, STATE AGENCY SAYS

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Wolf numbers in Montana “remained healthy in 2016 and more than three times the federally mandated minimums,” according to a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks news release.

The agency counted 477 wolves for 2016, down from 536 wolves in 2015.

“(This) doesn’t necessarily reflect a reduction in wolf numbers, but rather a reduction in counting effort,” the news release states.

The 2016 count included a minimum count of 50 breeding pairs compared to 32 in 2015 and 34 in 2014.<<<Read More>>>