WildEarth Guardians and Project Coyote file new lawsuit to end wolf hunting and trapping in Montana

November 15, 2022

Right now in Montana it’s legal for one individual to kill 20 wolves a year through cruel hunting and trapping practices.

It’s legal for a trophy hunter to stand 10 feet outside of Yellowstone National Park, toss hamburgers on the ground as bait to lure wolves out of the park, and then shoot them.

Even worse, anyone can offer limitless bounties in exchange for dead wolves.

So on October 27, 2022 WildEarth Guardians and Project Coyote filed a lawsuit in Montana state court to end this bloodlust.

And on November 15, 2022 we secured a temporary restraining order that curbs some wolf hunting and trapping in Montana, including immediately  closing wolf hunting in wolf management unit 313 north of Yellowstone National Park until the merits of our lawsuit can be heard on November 28.

Our lawsuit, comes as Montana is in the midst of the 2022-2023 wolf rifle-hunting season, with wolf trapping set to start on November 28. So far, at least 55 wolves have been killed. Montana’s hunting and trapping regulations allow for the killing of 456 wolves, including the use of strangulation neck snares and nighttime hunting on private lands with spotlights—all in the state’s quest to kill 40 percent of its wolves just this winter.

There are two ways you can support our new lawsuit right now.

First, write the Biden administration and demand that they immediately issue emergency relisting protections under the Endangered Species Act for the gray wolf in Montana and across the Northern Rocky Mountains.

Second, if you can, please donate to our Wolf Defense Fund to ensure we have the resources we need to defend wolves.

Together—with your help—we will defend wolves and end this senseless slaughter in Montana.

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About the Author

John Horning | Executive Director, WildEarth Guardians

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