October 4, 2022

Wolf And Grizzly Bear Hunting Bill Sails Through Montana Senate Committee

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Senate Bill 372(pdf) will set up hunting license fees and allow for a hunting season for gray wolves and grizzly bears, if and when the two species are ever removed from the Endangered Species list.

The bill by Sen. Joe Balyeat, R-Bozeman, drew no opposition in a Senate Fish and Game Committee hearing, and is backed by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. It now goes to the Senate floor for further debate.

“Will this solve the wolf problem? Unfortunately, no. … But I do believe it’s one piece of the puzzle to try to control their numbers,” Balyeat said.

Licenses would be issued by lottery. The bill sets fees for permit applications.

Wolf tags would cost $19 for residents and $350 for out-of-state hunters under the measure. Grizzly licenses are already included in state law, Smith said, and cost $50 for residents and $300 for nonresidents.

Tom Remington