"The quota is a ceiling; it's not a basement. If we haven't reached the ceiling we haven't failed," Bob Ream, chairman of Montana's Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission told the Associated Press. "It's been a good season and people should treat wolves like other game animals."
But "other game animals" are what some hunters in the state are concerned about. Many feel the state's declining elk numbers are the result of too many wolves, which were reintroduced to Montana and Idaho in the mid 1990's. Hunters and trappers in Idaho have killed 294 wolves to date. That state's wolf season runs through June 30. Unlike Montana, Idaho has no statewide quota. A 2011 wolf population count for both states should be completed next month.