Court Order Changes Hunting Season for Wolves Near Glacier, Yellowstone

HELENA – On Tuesday, a Lewis and Clark County District Court issued an injunction affecting some of Montana’s wolf hunting and trapping statutes. The changes take effect immediately.

The arrangement does not affect seasons in other wildlife management units in Region 1 (Northwest Montana).

The changes described in the injunction are as follows:

  • Reinstates Wolf Management Units (WMU) 110, 313 and 316 as they existed in the 2020 Wolf Regulations. WMU 110 borders Glacier National Park and WMUs 313 and 316 are north of Yellowstone National Park

  • Reinstates the quotas for WMU 110, 313, 316 as they existed in the 2020 Wolf Regulations, which are two wolves in WMU 110 and one wolf each in WMU 313 and 316.

Currently, one wolf has been captured in WMU 313 and no wolves have been captured in WMU 316 and 110. Wolf hunting and trapping in WMU 313 is now closed.

The order limits all hunters and trappers to taking a total of five wolves per person per season.

Bans the use of snares as a legal method of capturing wolves.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will present legal arguments in the case at a hearing scheduled for November 28. The court allowed the injunction to expire on November 29.

“We have a healthy and stable wolf population in Montana,” said FWP Director Hank Worsech. “We have proven we can manage wolves statewide and will continue to do so. We will comply with the judge’s order and look forward to the opportunity to defend good science and management strategies.”

The order was issued in response to an injunction request filed by conservation groups WildEarth Guardians and Project Coyote, a project of the Earth Island Institute, on November 10, 2022.

The order expires on November 29, 2022, and a hearing is scheduled for November 28 at 1:30 p.m. in Helena, when the wolf trapping season is due to begin.

“We all breathed a sigh of relief upon seeing this order, knowing that the wolves of Yellowstone and wolves across the state will have some protections while we await their day in court,” said Lizzy Pennock, the Montana resident Carnivore Coexistence Advocate for WildEarth Guardians. “This is an encouraging step in the right direction, and we will continue to use any means necessary to end the senseless, politically motivated slaughter of Montana’s beloved wolves.”