CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
July 14, 2011
By Niels Nokkentved, IDFG
Idaho Fish and Game managers have released proposed wolf seasons that would use hunting and trapping to reduce the population to a level that is sustainable, meets federal recovery goals and reduces conflict levels statewide.
The proposal is available on the Fish and Game website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
Fish and Game will survey randomly selected hunters and members of the public about the proposed wolf season, starting Tuesday, July 12. The survey questions will also be posted on the website along with an opportunity to comment. The deadline is July 25. The results will be presented to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission at the July 27-28 meeting in Salmon.
Fish and Game proposes a carefully regulated general hunting season with mandatory reporting requirements. The proposal would aim most harvest opportunities where wolf conflicts are the greatest. It includes a trapping season because hunters in the 2009-2010 season were not effective in reducing wolf populations in some areas. All wolf trapping would be conducted by licensed, trained trappers.
Most big game species in
Harvest limits are proposed in
some areas where Fish and Game expects hunter success and agency control actions
to be higher and to ensure
The proposed wolf season is
consistent with the goals of the 2002 Idaho Wolf Conservation and Management
Plan, which was approved by the Idaho Legislature and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service. To continue to meet federal recovery criteria,
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