Update on February 07, 2013
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the following information I received from the Greater Yellowstone Coalition is not good:
GYC NewsMontana Won't Limit Yellowstone-Area Wolf Hunts
January 28, 2013Matthew Brown | Associated PressEditor's note: This is disappointing, but GYC will continue to push for prohibiting trapping and hunting of Yellowstone wolves in certain areas around the park. Montana's hunting season closes in about a monthl.
BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana wildlife officials are abandoning efforts to shut down gray wolf hunting and trapping just outside the gates of Yellowstone National Park.
Hunting and trapping were briefly suspended last month on about 60 square miles north of the park over concerns that too many wolves wandering out of Yellowstone were dying.
But after a judge issued an injunction saying not enough notice was given before the closures were enacted, wildlife officials are dropping the matter.
Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim said Monday the agency does not have enough time to seek an order dissolving the injunction before wolf season ends on Feb. 28.
Wildlife advocates say Yellowstone's wolves deserve special protections.
No-hunting buffer zones for the park would be barred under a proposal now before the Legislature.