22 August 2014
- Complete and implement an updated recovery plan and management rules that are based on science, not politics
- Release more breeding pairs into the wild
- Establish at least two additional core populations in suitable habitat
Discussion over Montana’s Wolf Conservation Stamp Heats Up: Last week Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) hosted an open forum for the public to comment on the agency’s new proposal which would establish a stamp to fund wolf conservation in Montana. Defenders believes this stamp could offer a truly unique opportunity for wolf conservationists to support non-lethal wolf programs in the state. This sentiment was expressed by dozens of wolf advocates who testified at the hearing in support of the stamp but with suggested changes. This proposal is far from finalized… Anti-wolf folks also showed up and made clear that they don’t want anyone but hunters, anglers and trappers to have a stake in wildlife management in Montana. They argued that a wolf conservation stamp would allow non-hunters and wolf supporters to influence FWP’s agenda. But the truth is, wildlife is a public trust and the entire public deserves a say in decisions made by wildlife agencies. Currently, hunting and fishing dollars are the main source of funding for FWP but this funding is declining. A wolf stamp is an opportunity for FWP to raise funding from people who love wildlife but may not want to pay for a hunting or fishing license.