HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife commissioners may extend the hunting season for wolves and the number of predators that can be killed by a hunter or trapper. Fish, Wildlife and Parks is proposing a rifle season from Sept. 15 to March 31. Last year, the season began Oct. 15 and ended Feb. 15, resulting in 128 wolves killed by rifle and bow hunters.

Trappers took an additional 97 wolves. The Independent Record reports the agency also is proposing allowing hunters and trappers to take up to five wolves each. FWP Wildlife Management Chief George Pauley says the changes would allow hunters more opportunities and reduce the wolf population.

There were at least 625 wolves at the end of 2012. The commission takes up the proposal at its May 9 meeting in Helena.