Senator Max Baucus’ push for state management of gray wolves in Montana is one step closer to reality. Baucus’s goal is to give Montana control of the wolf population. Senator Baucus underscored the importance of moving this proposal forward, in light of U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy’s ruling that denies an ongoing effort to de-list wolves in Montana. As part of the agreement to fund the Federal Government through the next fiscal year, Baucus confirmed language he and Senator Tester proposed will be included as part of the bipartisan budget agreement. Senator Baucus says Montanans’ have the right to protect their livestock from wolves.

Senator Baucus has been working toward a solution to put Montana back in control of wolves since a 2010 court ruling that resulted in the return of the gray wolf to federal management under the endangered species act.