The Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks commission this week has extended the wolf hunt in Montana.
The original hunt was scheduled to end December 31, but due to a lower than expected success rate, officials have lengthened the hunt by a month and a half - until February 15.
The commission set a quota of 220 wolves, which they figured would reduce the predator's population to 425 animals in the Montana area - a reduction of 25 percent. So far a little over 100 wolves have been taken, with the Wolf Management Unit 130 (Flathead, Lake and Missoula Counties) closed. The quota has not been reached in the Bitterroot Valley.
On another topic, the commission will also consider a proposal to move some of the Yellowstone bison to the Ft Peck and the Fort Belknap Indian Reservations.