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Montana's first big-game wolf has been killed in the remote backcountry near Cooke City.

State Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim said Perry Zumwalt of Roberts shot the wolf on Tuesday in Hunting District 316, a remote part of the Beartooth Wilderness north of Yellowstone National Park.

Tuesday was the first day of Montana's first wolf hunting season. Hunters are required to report their kills within 12 hours, and turn in the head and hide for FWP inspection within 10 days.

"We don't have age and sex recorded yet," Aasheim said on Wednesday. "He may still be in the backcountry for all we know."

Only four hunting districts are currently open for wolf hunting. The other three are in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. The rest of the state opens to general wolf hunting on Oct. 25.

Hunting District 316 is part of the state's Wildlife Management Area 3, which has a quota of 12 wolves for 2009. The state has an overall quota of 75 wolves for hunting this year. Montana's wolf population is currently estimated at about 500 animals.

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