GWA Position on Wolf Management
The issue of managing wolves
in Montana is complex, divisive and emotional. The abundant
rhetoric of public interests and self interests is full of truths,
half-truths, non-truths and inappropriate extrapolations. The
science of wolf/prey dynamics continues to evolve. Local information
on wolves is always incomplete and very soon out-of-date. Gallatin
Wildlife Association does not have resources to effectively
and constructively enter and sustain efforts in this melee.
Our general position on wolf
management in Montana is:
1. Wolves have both positive
and negative values that vary across the diverse landscape of
2. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is the appropriate agency
for managing wolves in our state.
3. FWP should manage wolves based upon the best available science
and upon the most reliable local information.
4. It is in the public interest for all
to recognize the complexity and newness of wolf ecology and
management in Montana. We must learn as we go and accept that
the best solutions to management issues may not be readily apparent,
will vary locally and may change from time to time.