BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- State wildlife officials want to extend Montana's wolf hunting season to give hunters enough time to fill a 220-wolf quota that is intended to sharply reduce the predator's population.

Ken McDonald with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said Wednesday the season would be extended by a month, to Jan. 31, 2012.

State officials want to reduce the predator's population by 25 percent compared to last year, to 425 animals. They say that could curb wolf attacks on livestock and big game herds.

McDonald says a longer season would help ensure the state meets that goal.

Since the season opened on Sept. 3, 46 wolves have been harvested in Montana.

Wildlife commissioners will take an initial vote on the season extension at their Nov. 10 meeting in Helena.

Copyright 2011 The AP.

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