Full Statute Name:  West's Montana Code Annotated. Title 87. Fish and Wildlife. Chapter 1. Organization and Operation. Part 9. Gray Wolf Management. 87-1-901. Gray wolf management--rulemaking--reporting

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Primary Citation:  MCA 87-1-901 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  February, 2020 Alternate Citation:  MT ST 87-1-901 Date Adopted:  2013 Historical: 
Summary: This statute provides that the wildlife commission shall establish by rule hunting and trapping seasons for wolves. In addition, the commission shall adopt rules to allow a landowner or the landowner's agent to take a wolf on the landowner's property at any time without the purchase of a Class E-1 or Class E-2 wolf license when the wolf is a potential threat to human safety, livestock, or dogs.

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2), the commission shall establish by rule hunting and trapping seasons for wolves. For game management purposes, the commission may authorize:

(a) the issuance of more than one Class E-1 or Class E-2 wolf hunting license to an applicant; and

(b) the trapping of more than one wolf by the holder of a trapping license.

(2) The commission shall adopt rules to allow a landowner or the landowner's agent to take a wolf on the landowner's property at any time without the purchase of a Class E-1 or Class E-2 wolf license when the wolf is a potential threat to human safety, livestock, or dogs. The rules must:

(a) be consistent with the Montana gray wolf conservation and management plan and the adaptive management principles of the commission and the department for the Montana gray wolf population;

(b) require a landowner or the landowner's agent who takes a wolf pursuant to this subsection (2) to promptly report the taking to the department and to preserve the carcass of the wolf;

(c) establish a quota each year for the total number of wolves that may be taken pursuant to this subsection (2); and

(d) allow the commission to issue a moratorium on the taking of wolves pursuant to this subsection (2) before a quota is reached if the commission determines that circumstances require a limitation of the total number of wolves taken.

(3) Public land permittees who have experienced livestock depredation must obtain a special kill permit authorized in 87-5-131(3)(b) to take a wolf on public land without the purchase of a Class E-1 or Class E-2 license.

(4) The department shall report annually to the environmental quality council regarding the implementation of 87-5-131, 87-5-132, and this section.

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Enacted by Laws 2013, ch. 297, § 1, eff. April 25, 2013.

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