Greg Gianforte, the governor of the state of Montana was warned after killing a black wolf in February, several US media reported on Tuesday.
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The governor of the US state of Montana has received an official warning from local environmental authorities for trapping and killing a wolf without having received prior online training, a coalition of local media reported Tuesday (March 23).
Republican Greg Gianforte, newly elected governor of this rural northern US state, trapped and killed an adult black wolf named “1155” in February, just over 9 miles from famed Yellowstone National Park, according to the report. Mountain West News Bureau.
While it’s legal to trap and kill wolves in Montana, this requires a license and a three-hour online training course that aims to give “the context and the rules necessary (to kill a wolf) in an ethical, humane, and legal manner”, as the training manual points out. The governor had the correct license but had not taken the training.
“After learning that he had not completed (the training), Governor Gianforte immediately rectified the mistake and signed up for wolf trap certification.”, reacted a spokesperson for the elected official with the Mountain West News Bureau. Greg Gianforte has been authorized by environmental authorities to keep the carcass and skin of the slaughtered wolf.