A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?


Interest in the proposed “Wolf Conservation Stamp” brings about comment period extension and eight public hearings.

After the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Commission approved a new “Wolf Conservation Stamp” earlier this year, interest in the unique fundraising strategy has elevated.  In response, FWP has extended a comment period on the proposal and scheduled eight public hearings that'll be held simultaneously on August 14.

Here's how the stamp works.  For $20, an interested party could buy a Wolf Conservation Stamp.  The purchase would be nothing more than a donation, the money from which goes towards the management of the species.

According to FWP, money received from the sale of the stamps will first be used to pay for the cost of administering the stamp program.  The remainder of the funds will be equally divided and allocated for the following purposes:

(a) grants awarded through the livestock loss reduction program, pursuant to 2-15-3111, MCA;

(b) wolf monitoring, habitat protection or acquisition within occupied wolf habitat, scientific research of wolves, or public education and outreach activities relating to wolves; and

(c) the hiring of additional wardens, as defined by 87-1-101(5), MCA, within occupied wolf habitat.

With the granted extension, comments on the stamp will now be received through Friday, August 22.  To submit comments:

  • Electronically, CLICK HERE or email fwpwld@mt.gov
  • By mail, send to: Wolf Stamp Comments, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Communication and Education Division, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, Montana, 59620-0701
  • By fax, send to: (406) 444-4952

Eight simultaneous public hearings will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 14 at the following locations:


Fish, Wildlife and Parks Headquarters

1420 East 6th Avenue


Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 1 Office

490 North Meridian Road


Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 2 Office

3201 Spurgin Road


Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 3 Office

1400 South 19th Avenue


Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 4 Office

4600 Giant Springs Road


Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 5 Office

2300 Lake Elmo Drive


Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 Office

54078 US Highway 2 West


Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 7 Office

352 I-94 Business Loop, Miles City

For more information from FWP, visit their website.


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Haylie Shipp



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