Elk NetworkMontana Wolf Population 500 Percent Higher than Minimum Recovery Goal

Conservation | May 23, 2018

Data from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks indicates there are approximately 900 wolves in the state of Montana. That figure is 500 percent larger than the state’s minimum recovery goal of 150 wolves. It also marks the 13th consecutive year Montana exceeded such goals.

FWP made the determination using the Patch Occupancy Model (POM) which uses wolf sightings, known wolf locations, habitat variables and research-based wolf territory and pack sizes to estimate wolf distribution and population size. The most recent POM estimates were 961 wolves in 2015 and 851 in 2016.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recognizes predators have a proper place on the landscape. RMEF supports science-based management of all wildlife including wolves, lions, and bears, and fully endorses the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, which maintains fish and wildlife belong to all citizens and are to be scientifically managed through hunting and other means so all populations can thrive forever.

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