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Governor warned by MT FWP for violating hunting requirement

Wolf Trapper Certification
Greg Gianforte
Posted at 1:53 PM, Mar 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-23 20:44:25-04

HELENA — Montana governor Greg Gianforte was given a warning by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) after reportedly trapping and killing a wolf last month while not having the proper education certification, which is a violation of state hunting laws.

The wolf was trapped and killed on private property near Gardiner north of Yellowstone National Park.

The Governor’s Office issued a statement after reports of the alleged violation surfaced: “After learning that he had not completed the wolf-trapping certification, Governor Gianforte immediately rectified the mistake and enrolled in the wolf-trapping certification course. The governor had all other proper licenses.”

FWP’s warning was issued on February 16, notifying Gianforte he had violated an FWP commission or department order or rule for general hunting, fishing, and trapping.

The recent trapping season for wolves ran from December 15, 2020 through February 28, 2021. A valid trapping license is required along with completion of mandatory wolf trapping certification.

“Wardens have discretion on whether to write a citation or issue warning. The governor was forthright in telling us what happened and everything else was done legally. Situations like this, we normally issue written warnings,” said FWP spokesperson Greg Lemon.

Lemon told MTN that there was no written report on the incident.

Gianforte was allowed to keep the skull and hide, according to Boise State Public Radio.