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MISSOULA, Mont. — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced wolf trapping season will open in all areas of occupied grizzly bear habitat across the state, including deer and elk Hunting District 130 in northwest Montana.
Officials decided to open wolf trapping season after completing a final assessment of grizzly bear activity in occupied grizzly bear habitat.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks released the following information:
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wildlife staff completed its final assessment of grizzly bear activity in occupied grizzly bear habitat. Effective Saturday, Dec. 24, wolf trapping season is open in all areas of occupied grizzly bear habitat across the state, including deer and elk hunting district (HD) 130 in northwest Montana.
Hunters and trappers should note that wolf harvest quotas exist in each FWP trapping district and wolf management unit 313. Those harvest quotas can be viewed and followed on the FWP Wolf Dashboard.
In August, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved wolf hunting and trapping regulations for the 2022 season, which ends March 15, 2023. The regulations include a floating start date for wolf trapping in occupied grizzly bear habitat. The intent of the floating start date is to avoid conflict with grizzly bears that have yet to den for the winter
FWP makes a decision opening trapping in occupied bear habitat each Monday in December with input from field staff on bear activity.
Trappers still need to exercise caution when out in the field. Black bears are still active is some parts of the state. In addition, grizzly bears can leave dens at any point during winter; trappers are encouraged to avoid trapping in areas where grizzly sign is detected.
Wolf hunters and trappers should make sure to be familiar with the 2022 Furbearer, Wolf and Trapping Regulations, which include maps of occupied grizzly bear habitat.
To view the 2022 Furbearer, Wolf and Trapping Regulations, scroll down.