13 April 2011 Montana Wolf Kill Bill Stopped In Its Tracks Posted by: Mike Leahy | 4 comments | Share: Not all news is bad news for wolves these days. While Congress is still pushing forward with an outrageous budget rider to strip federal protections for wolves, Defenders supporters and colleagues have made a successful stand for wolves here in Montana. With help from Montana Defenders, other conservation groups, and some moderate hunters, a bill was stopped in the Montana Legislature this week that would have expanded wolf-killing on private property. SB 414, the Montana Wolf Control Act, would have made it legal for anyone to shoot wolves on private land, at any time, for any reason without a hunting license or permit. This bill also would have greatly curtailed the success of wolf recovery in Montana and seriously undermined Montana’s federally-approved wolf management plan. Extreme anti-wolf groups like Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife were pushing hard to get this ball passed, trying to take advantage of Congress’s unjustified action which could allow states to manage wolves as low as 100 to 150. But together with our conservation allies, we were able to put a stop to this wolf kill bill before it went any further. Montana’s legislators responded to opposition to this bill and voted for wolves to be managed like other native wildlife, as a valuable part of Montana’s wildlife heritage, not like unwanted vermin. Thank you to all Defenders supporters and others who stood up for wolves and resisted these extreme measures to kill wolves. We’ll need your continued help to make sure that Montana and neighboring states manage wolves responsibly, based on the best available science not the fear-mongering of anti-wolf fanatics. The political climate in Helena, Montana’s capital, has been very bad for wolves in recent months. So this decision to prevent unjustified wolf-killing is very encouraging. Hopefully that bodes well for the future of state management here. Let’s keep Montana and other western states moving forward on wolf recovery instead of falling backward. Take Action: Tell Western Governors to Adopt Science-Based Wolf Management Plans Some extremists are pushing for the elimination of all wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies. We can’t let them win. Tell Western governors that wolves deserve a place on our lands. Send your message now. 4 Responses to “Montana Wolf Kill Bill Stopped In Its Tracks” mary goodsell April 13th, 2011 I just heard about the WIN for the WOLVES! My prayers were answered!!!! And in Alaska too!!!! I ABSOLUTELY admire all of you at Defenders!!! PLEASE LET’S KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING!!!! God Bless the magnificent Wolves and all of their family and again, all of the animals in the Animal Kingdom!!! Sorry, I’m getting carried away here, but this win situation for the wolves makes me soooooo happy. Sally Cadonau April 13th, 2011 THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! Can’t tell you how happy this makes me! Wildlife are being pushed from the only homes they know because of human greed!! This helps right the wrong that has been done to them. Please keep us informed, we will be right behind you!!!! Karen Bocon April 13th, 2011 OMG THIS IS A VERYY HAPPY DAY FOR WOLVES….THANK YOU SOOO MUCH FOR PROTECTING THESE MAGNIFICENT ANIMALS….THEY DESERVE IT!! I AM SOO BEYOND ECSTATIC!!!! =) Diane Huey April 14th, 2011 This is GREAT!!! news!!! BUT- what is happening with the attachment to the federal budget bill that would remove the wolf from the Endangered Species Act, making it legal to hunt? They never give up, do they? Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in The Votes Are In… You voted, and we listened – now the winners of Defenders’ 2014 Photo Contest are here! See if your favorite won, and take a look at some of the amazing runner-ups. We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea New research shows that after a fire, the Sagebrush Sea (home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse) could take up to 20 years to fully recover. With other factors already threatening so much of this habitat, what does that mean for the species that call it home? California prepares to welcome wolves home, but delays on providing state protections Now, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves throughout most of the rest of the country, gray wolves are once again at risk. Delisting would short-circuit wolf recovery in the Pacific West and would effectively mean giving up on one of our country’s most important and iconic species. Fortunately, California has an opportunity to play a meaningful role in helping the gray wolf continue to recover in the coming months and years.