Montana wolves, don’t forget to vote

The debate around wolf populations in the northern Rockies took another turn when the Montana governor came out in support of culling packs that are said to be killing livestock and decimating deer, elk and moose herds.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT HIS STATEMENT.

Wolf supporters say they’re just a natural part of the mountain’s eco-system that have been gone too long.

Opponents say the region lacks the vast herds of bison that helped support wolf populations historically and that populations are now too high and ranchers, hunters and outfitters are paying the price.

Not all states that now have wolves agreed to re-introduction efforts several years ago.

Court actions have had the wolves on and off and back on the endangered species list.

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A reminder to please go to www.kansas.com/outdoors and vote in our Great Outdoors Photo Contest. We’ve narrowed the field of about 425 entries down to 15 adult and 5 youth finalists and it’s time for the public to pick the winners.

All who vote can enter to win one of 15 large outdoors print photographed by Eagle photographers.

"Whooping Cranes at Dusk" is one of 15 outdoors prints that will be awarded to those voting in the Great Outdoors Photo Contest.

Voting will continue through about 2 p.m. Saturday online and at the Kansas Sports, Boat and Travel Show.

All who entered the contest have a free ticket to the show at the show’s ticket window.

Contest winners will be announced on Sunday’s outdoors page.