Wolf Season Ending In Most Of Montana, 163 Killed
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Hunters in Montana have shot about 160 wolves as the season comes to a close, falling short of the state's 220-animal quota.
State wildlife commissioners are considering extending the season in the Bitterroot Valley near the Idaho border in response to complaints about declining elk numbers.
But for most of Montana the season ends after sunset Wednesday. The 163 wolves killed through Tuesday equals almost 75 percent of the statewide quota.
Some Montana hunters and livestock owners want more wolf hunting. Wildlife advocates have urged restraint.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission chairman Bob Ream says next year's season could be adjusted to loosen hunting restrictions in some areas.
Hunters and trappers in neighboring Idaho have killed 294 wolves to date in a season that runs through June 30.
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