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Wolf Killing History
Wed January 15, 2014
The history of wolves in Montana is a bloody one
As we reported earlier this week, a new article on the history of the eradication of wolves in Montana points out the state once was home to hundreds of thousands of wolves.
The current population of 600-plus, is a tiny fraction of the number of wolves that used to roam Big Sky country, before wolves were exterminated in the 1920's.
University of North Texas historian Michael Wise authored the article on the elimination of Montana's wolves, published in the winter issue of "Montana, The Magazine of Western History". In this feature interview, Wise talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the rise and fall of the wolf in Montana. The rise began in the mid-19th century, when hunters began slaughtering bison for their fur.