Montana suspends wolf hunting near Yellowstone
October 9, 2009
MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press BILLINGS
Montana wildlife officials suspended wolf hunting near Ye l lows tone Nat ional Park on Thursday, after nine kills in just three weeks pushed the area's wolf harvest close to its season-long limit. This is Montana's first wolf hunt following the animal's recent removal from the endangered species list. State officials had hoped to use the hunt to curb wolf attacks on livestock. That appears unlikely now for a large swath of the state. So far only two backcountry areas have been opened to hunting: the Absaroka-Beartooth Wildness near Yellowstone and pa...