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Yellowstone National Park officials want to see smaller quota near park

By Katherine Mozzone, KTVM Reporter, kmozzone@ktvm.com
Published On: Jul 09 2013 06:12:08 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 09 2013 06:22:49 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Folks with Yellowstone National Park want Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioners to take a second look at the number of wolves hunters can harvest near the park.

Leaders with the park say they're concerned about potential impacts to the overall wolf population.

They tell us they saw a decrease in numbers and say they recognize the strong public sentiment nationwide regarding the hunting of wolves who spend a lot of time in Yellowstone.

Officials tell us they're not opposed to hunting but would like to see a quota of one or two wolves in one sub unit outside of Yellowstone and a quota of three wolves in the other sub unit.

"We and the state both have the goal of a healthy wolf population. We may have some different management strategies to achieve that. Our goal is to balance the conservation of wolves with an appropriate level of harvest in areas outside the park," says Yellowstone National Park Public Affairs Officer Al Nash.