Protecting America's Wolves


Project Coyote and WildEarth Guardians filed a lawsuit in Montana State Court to halt the state’s extreme anti-wolf hunting and trapping policies. The lawsuit was filed during Montana’s 2022/23 hunting season. During this year, Montana’s wolf hunting and trapping regulations allowed the killing of up to 456 wolves — at least 40 percent of the statewide wolf population. The regulations also allowed the use of strangulation neck snares, bait, and nighttime hunting on private lands with spotlights, thermal imaging, and night vision. The complaint alleges that the State of Montana, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, and the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission are in violation of the Montana Constitution, Montana Administrative Procedure Act (MAPA), Public Trust Doctrine, and several federal laws meant to protect wildlife on federally managed lands. 

Significant Developments

August 22, 2023: Case Update

Montana State Court denies the State’s motion to dismiss and motion to strike the plaintiffs' amended complaint.

March 27, 2023: Case Update

Project Coyote and co-plaintiffs file an amended complaint in Montana State Court.

November 15, 2022: Case Update

Montana State Court grants in part plaintiffs' motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent acceleration of wolf kills.

October 27, 2022: Case Update

Project Coyote files lawsuit in Montana State Court challenging wolf hunting and trapping in Montana.


Project Coyote


Jessica Blome, Greenfire Law

Focus Area

Wildlife Protection