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Montana governor given warning after trapping and killing a Yellowstone wolf

Added 03-23-21 11:14:03pm EST - “Gov. Greg Gianforte defied a state-mandated regulation that requires hunters to take a wolf trapping certification course before killing a wolf.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Montana governor given warning after trapping and killing a Yellowstone wolf”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte was let off with a warning for defying a state regulation before trapping and killing a Yellowstone wolf near the national park in February.

Gianforte trapped an adult black wolf approximately ten miles north of Yellowstone's boundary on the private ranch of Robert Smith, director of the conservative Sinclair Broadcasting Group, who donated more than $10,000 to Gianforte's 2017 congressional campaign, according to Boise State Public Radio. 

Though wolves inside Yellowstone are protected from hunters, Montana law does allow for the trapping and hunting of wolves in other parts of the state, including those that wander out of the park's boundaries. 

But Gianforte harvested the wolf, known as "1155," without having completed a state-mandated wolf trapping certification course, Boise State Public Radio reported. 

"After learning 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," Gianforte's spokesperson told The Hill.

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