(HAMILTON)- Ravalli County commissioners say they’re still working on development of a county policy about wolf management, but should be ready to release a draft this coming week.
The commissioners have been exploring the wolf issue since last summer, seeing if the county should be doing anything to help residents cope with problems such as wolf predation on cattle and wildlife.
The first phase had been focused on gathering comments and reports from people who’ve experienced problems with wolves. Their idea would be to have a position that could direct the county’s action on the federal and state wolf management issues, or even development of local measures to help residents.
Last fall, commissioners had said they might have a wolf policy in place by the end of the year. But board members tell Montana’s News Station they’ve still been in “fact finding” mode, gathering additional information and research that could help in drafting a policy.
Today, commissioners released their calendar for next week which includes at item Wednesday for the release of a draft wolf policy.