BILLINGS (AP) — Montana officials want to triple the number of gray wolves hunters and trappers can kill in an area bordering Yellowstone National Park.
The proposal would increase the annual quota in a hunting district near Gardiner from two wolves to six.
It follows complaints from park scientists that even under a smaller quota too many of the predators were being killed once they stepped into Montana.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim says the higher quota is intended to address concerns from outfitters that Yellowstone-area wolves are killing too many elk.
He says it would stabilize but not reduce the wolf population around Gardiner.
There's no limit on how many wolves can be killed statewide in Montana. Hunters and trappers harvested 210 of the animals during the 2015 season.