The Montana governor’s race has reignited the debate over wolf control and the impact of wolves on wildlife and cattle ranches. Lobo Watch, an adamantly pro-wolf control sportsmen’s group, has shared with us the results of a survey it sent out to Montana gubernatorial candidates, and we think the responses may surprise you. None of the Democratic candidates responded to the survey, but of the five Republicans and one Libertarian who did, it’s basically a contest over who’s most in favor of killing wolves. Here’s a synopsis of where they stand.
What’s your take on wolf control? Should wolf populations be expanded, sustained at current levels or reduced (if so, by how much)? Let us know in the comments section, and be sure to take our poll.
Former U.S Representative Rick Hill: "Right now we are at a tipping point with wolves, the point where we won`t be able to manage the population anymore because there are too many of them. The number of wolves in Montana continues to grow and the population is spreading."
Hill's campaign has released a formal "Wolf Management Plan" that would split the state into two sections: a "Wolf No Tolerance Zone" and "Wolf Aggressive Management Zone". The plan's goals include managing and greatly reducing the number of wolves in western Montana, and preventing any packs from entering the eastern and central regions of the state.