MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Basis awarded Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) a $50,000 grant to help with wolf administration within the state of Montana.

“Montana’s wolf inhabitants is greater than thrice bigger than federally-required minimal mandates,” mentioned David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “This funding will assist FWP get a greater grasp on wolf numbers as a profit to wildlife managers tasked with in search of to stability predator and prey populations whereas doing so in a more economical method.”

Half of the grant funding will go towards wolf collaring and administration actions for downside wolves. The opposite half will help a joint effort by FWP and the College of Montana in additional creating what’s known as the Patch Occupancy Mannequin (POM) for estimating wolf populations.

POM incorporates information on territory and wolf pack sizes together with hunter observations and identified wolf places to get to a extra correct estimation of wolf populations. It’s a less expensive endeavor than earlier efforts because it incorporates information evaluation reasonably than direct counting efforts.

Montana’s 2016 wolf report reveals a minimal of 477 wolves which is down from 536 wolves counted in 2015, nonetheless it doesn’t essentially replicate a discount in wolf numbers, however reasonably a discount in counting effort.

“Although the minimal rely is down, we’ve lengthy held that these minimal counts are helpful solely in guaranteeing Montana’s wolf inhabitants stays above the federally-mandated minimal threshold. The minimal rely just isn’t a inhabitants rely or an index or estimate of the entire variety of wolves,” mentioned Bob Inman, FWP carnivore and furbearer program chief.

RMEF additionally supplied grant funding to FWP in 2015 for growth of the Patch Occupancy Mannequin.

In regards to the Rocky Mountain Elk Basis:
Based over 30 years in the past, fueled by hunters and a membership of greater than 222,000 robust, RMEF has conserved greater than 7.1 million acres for elk and different wildlife. RMEF additionally works to open and enhance public entry, fund and advocate for science-based useful resource administration, and guarantee the way forward for America’s looking heritage. Uncover why “Looking Is Conservation™” at www.rmef.org, www.elknetwork.com or 800-CALL ELK.