Posted: Jan 18, 2011 2:14 PM by KBZK Media Center
Updated: Jan 18, 2011 2:36 PM
With a 99-1 vote, the House overwhelmingly passed a resolution today urging the federal government to take the gray wolf off the Endangered Species List in Montana.
Rep. Mike Phillips (D) of Bozeman cast the lone "no" vote.
The resolution asks for the "immediate removal of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List in Montana." It states that in 2002, the gray wolf population in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming reached the biological requirement of 30 breeding pairs and at least 300 wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains.
By the end of 2009 there were an estimated 115 breeding pairs and 1,706 wolves in this area with 37 pairs and 524 wolves in Montana, the resolution states.
It will now go to the Senate floor. A resolution does not need the governor's signature.
Click here to read the entire resolution.