Earlier this week, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks opened up registration for wolf trapper certification classes around the state. Currently there are seven classes set for Region 3 (two in Helena, two in Bozeman, one in Butte, one in Livingston, and one in Dillon) and those are quickly filling up. Prospective wolf trappers must complete one of these classes in order to legally trap wolves in Montana. The Region 3 schedule is below:

HelenaSaturday, September 08, 2012Montana Wild Center
HelenaSunday, September 16, 2012Montana Wild Center
BozemanSaturday, September 22, 2012Region 3 Headquarters
BozemanSunday, September 23, 2012Region 3 Headquarters
LivingstonSunday, September 23, 2012Park County Rod & Gun Club
ButteSaturday, September 29, 2012Location TBA
DillonSunday, September 30, 2012Beaverhead County Fairgrounds

Classes are also scheduled for many other communities around the state.  Prospective trappers can find dates, locations, times and sign-up for a class on FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov. Click “Wolf Trapping Certification.” In most cases, classes are limited to 50 participants.

Classes are taught by FWP staff and experienced wolf trappers. In addition to specifics on equipment and techniques, participants will learn about the history, ethics, management, regulations and requirements of wolves and wolf trapping. Montana’s first wolf trapping season opens December 15 and runs through February 28. Trapping licenses are on sale now and cost $20 for residents and $250 for nonresidents.

Logo courtesy Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

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