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Southern Montana's wolf hunting season lasts two days

October 26, 2009 |  3:41 pm

WolfWolves in Southern Montana didn't have to hide for long.

Wolf hunting season in a large southern district of Montana ends after sunset tonight, just one day after the season officially opened. The 12-wolf quota was quickly exceeded by one.

Despite the thinning of the herd, wolf numbers are likely to increase, as reported by our friends at the Greenspace blog.

While there are about 500 wolves in Montana now, even if 75 are hunted this year, there are expected to be 590 wolves in established packs across the state, and 655 wolves overall (counting wolves that go out on their own) next year.

Do you think hunting caps are an effective way to control population growth? Let us know in the comments.

-- Mark Milian

Twitter: @markmilian

Photo credit: Associated Press

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