Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will offer three wolf trapping certification classes in Missoula and one in Anaconda this fall.
Certification is mandatory for anyone planning to trap wolves in Montana, and students who attended a wolf trapping education class last year and received a certificate, do not need to retake one this year.
In Missoula, students can elect to take a class on Sunday, Aug. 25, Saturday, Sept. 14 or Sunday, Oct. 6. Classes run from 9am-4pm and will be held at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (5705 Grant Creek Road).
A class is set for Anaconda on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9am-4pm at the Lee Metcalf Center (115 E Pennsylvania).
Classes are free of charge, and interested students may register online at fwp.mt.gov and follow the links to “wolf trapping certification.”
In addition to specifics on equipment and techniques, participants will learn about the history, ethics, management, regulations related to wolves and wolf trapping.
Wolf trappers must hold a Montana trapping license and complete the class before heading to the field. Montana’s wolf trapping season runs from Dec. 15 to Feb. 28, 2014.
(Report by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Cover Photo: hutzeltraps.com)