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Fifteen Wolves Killed in First Weeks of Hunt

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MISSOULA -

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks counts 15 wolves killed in the first three weeks of archery and general hunting season.

Currently, 625 wolves roam throughout Montana, making it one of the strongest populations in the country.

FWP officials say last season, more than 18,000 wolf permits were sold over the counter, but fewer wolves were bagged than wildlife managers were anticipating.

Out of those thousands of permits, 275 wolves were killed last year, 97 of which were trapped.

"We sit down before trapping season and review the hunt to that point which is December," said FWP Communication Director Ron Aasheim.

"If there's some areas where there needs to be an adjustment, we would do that. Historically, though we have not had that problem."

"We're still trying to take more wolves than hunters and trappers were able to take, just to try to get to balance with other wildlife on the landscape and land owner tolerance."

Nationwide, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced they are planning to remove wolves from the endangered species list in every state, except parts Arizona and New Mexico where the Mexican wolf population is still struggling.

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