wolves to be delisted this week; the salmon are coming
By Charlie Pottenger
New Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director, Virgil
Moore, was introduced to about eighty attendees at the monthly coffee meeting
held at the Lewiston Fish and Game Office beginning at on May 3.
announced that in accord with language inserted by Idahoís
Representative Mike Simpson in the United States
governmentís Continuing Bud-get Resolution the wolf will be delisted in Idaho
either on Thursday or Friday of this week.
This means that IDFG will immediately resume their
management of the wolf as a game species in Idaho
and will attempt to reduce wolf populations using hunting as was done in 2009.
In some cases, such as the current conditions in the Lolo Zone, professional
aerial hunters or trappers may be used to more rapidly control excess wolf
numbers threatening deer and elk populations.
also reviewed the financial conditions within the department and stated they are
being forced to diminish spending to stay within their available revenues. He
stated that the mix of revenues is received from license and tag sales plus
funds from the federal excise tax on sporting equipment sold in the state. About
70% of the IDFG funds are derived from tags and licenses. The most serious
decline in revenue stems from the wolf and recession related decline in
nonresident license sales which account for 55% of total license sales. Revenues
for the Department are down about $3.5 -4.0 million.
Officer Don Whitney reported that the Spring Chinook
Salmon run finally has started to cross Bonneville dam. Although the count over
Lower Granite Dam so far totals only 81 adult fish, the May 1st count at
Bonneville was 15,766! He said predictions now are for about 3900 catchable
Chinook in the Clearwater.
He believes they will start crossing Lower Granite in significant numbers by May
Officer Sean Wilson reported that the loss of Kokanee from
due to the rapid spilling of water this winter has reduced the population
significantly. He also was asked about the nutrition program which is currently
on hold. He said it was unlikely that the program would be reinstated this
summer no matter what the final determination on this issue.
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