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Yellowstone's Nathan Varley addresses MT FWP Wolf Plan

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Northern Rockies Update

Dave Hornoff, Wolfwatcher Executive Director with Wildlife Biologists Linda Thurston and Nathan Varley of The Wild Side, LLC.

Wolfwatcher’s Dave Hornoff visited Yellowstone National Park in June to do some wolf watching with fellow wolf-watchers.  While there, wolf biologists and owners of  The Wild Side, LLC, Dr. Nathan Varley and Linda Thurston, Ed.M. invited Dave to speak to a group of nature enthusiasts who were participating in one of their wildlife adventure tours. Of course, Dave took the opportunity to share the details about the status of wolf management in the Northern Rockies, specifically in Montana.

The Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission is proposing a wolf trapping season as well as eliminating quotas on the number of wolves that may be killed (i.e., unlimited harvest) for the 2012-2013 season beginning this fall. The intent is to vastly reduce the state’s wolf population numbering about 600. Parts of the north and west boundaries of Yellowstone National Park will be included in the unlimited take areas proposed by the commission, endangering nearly all of the Park’s watchable wolf packs.  The commission will make a final decision on the matter by July.

Dave with Dr. Nathan Varley

Nathan is a life-long resident of Montana with a strong family history that is connected to Yellowstone National Park.

With his permission, we are pleased to share Nathan’s comment to Montana FWP about the 2012–2013 wolf hunting and trapping season.

This statement was originally published in Yellowstone Reports, a website that provides subscribers with a wealth of knowledge about Yellowstone, its issues, and its wildlife. As a matter of fact, Wolfwatcher’s Dave Hornoff is a frequent contributor to the website!

Nathan’s letter is an important document to read and share.    In addition to a myriad of ecological benefits, wolf reintroduction has had an overwhelmingly positive economic impact on the entire Northern Rockies region. Over $35 million a year is generated from visitors to Yellowstone. There is a subset of people, which we perceive to be the vast majority, who are visiting the Park just to see wolves.

Mr. Scott Frazier of Project Indigenous.

As stakeholders of America’s public lands via our tax and tourist dollars, we all bear a responsibility to speak up during this comment period. Please send in your comments about the 2012-13 Montana FWP Wolf Hunting and Trapping Proposal to the state’s FWP Commissioners. The public comment period closes June 25, 2012.  If you are resident of  Montana please comment.  If you are not from Montana, please comment as a wolf-watching tourist to the state.

For more details, please visit our website to:

Be A Voice for Montana’s Wolves




For the Wild Ones

Photo of Lamar Canyon Pack’s “Middle Gray”- June, 2012 – by Dave Hornoff


Best regards to all from the Board of Directors,

National Wolfwatcher Coalition

  Dave Hornoff, Nancy Warren, Maggie Howell, Chris Cross,

Diane Bentivegna, Cindy White Overton


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