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Posted inWildlife

Helena judge rolls back wolf regs, citing potential for ‘over-harvesting’

In a Nov. 15 order, Lewis and Clark County District Court Judge Christoper Abbott wrote that “the imminence of over-harvesting of wolves near the national parks, and that the use of snares and the increase in the ‘bag limit’ could amplify wolf kills in a way that limits the Court’s ability to provide relief, should relief be warranted.” Abbott partially granted WildEarth Guardians and Project Coyote’s request to temporarily halt all wolf hunting in Montana while the court takes up the larger issue of whether the Fish and Wildlife Commission’s 2022-2023 wolf hunting regulations violate federal laws and the state’s Constitution.