Montana hunters and trappers killed 207 wolves during the 2014-15 season, which came to a close Sunday.
That was 23 fewer wolves than the 230 killed in the 2013-14 season.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wasn’t surprised by those numbers. That’s well within normal season-to-season hunting fluctuations, said John Vore, game management bureau chief with FWP.
A number of factors could contribute to that decrease.
The weather was also very different between the two seasons, said Ron Aasheim, FWP spokesman.
Wolf hunters also may not have been as motivated after a few seasons of wolf hunting, he said. Hunters who were really interested and committed to getting a wolf when wolf hunting first became legal may have already harvested a wolf last year or the year before and may…
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