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Montana's wolf population still strong, report shows

 

July 12, 2017



Wolf numbers in Montana remained healthy in 2016 and more than three times the federally-mandated minimums.

Montana’s annual wolf report shows a minimum of 477 wolves were counted for 2016. This is down from 536 wolves counted in 2015, but doesn’t necessarily reflect a reduction in wolf numbers, but rather a reduction in counting effort. Included in this number is a minimum number of 50 breeding pairs. This compares to a minimum count of 32 breeding pairs in 2015, and 34 breeding pairs in 2014.

“Though the minimum count is down, we’ve long held that these minimum counts are useful...



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