Montana is completely shutting down its first public hunt for gray wolves across the state. State officials say they expect to meet the season's 75-wolf quota by the end of Monday evening.
The order to halt the hunt came after state wildlife officials said the quota had been met across southwestern Montana and was expected to be met in northern Montana. Wolf hunting in the southeastern portion of the state closed Oct. 26.
This public hunt for gray wolves was the first in Montana since the animals' removal from the endangered species list. The 75-wolf quota equaled about 15 percent of a statewide wolf population estimated at 500.
Reprinted from KFBB.com, Montana