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February 27, 2014
One of the five management goals listed in the 2002 Idaho Wolf and Conservation Management Plan was to "minimize wolf-human conflicts by coordinating with USDA Wildlife Services to achieve prompt response to notifications of wolf depredation and prompt resolution of conflicts."
Fish and Game works closely
with Wildlife Services to address depredations. Since 2005, Wildlife Services
has removed 520 wolves in depredation control actions.
Fish and Game also wants to make sure Idahoans understand state law also assures the right of individuals to protect their livestock and domestic animals from wolves (Idaho Code 36-1107 (c)).
(c) Control and Depredation of
Wolves. Wolves may be disposed of by livestock or domestic animal owners, their
employees, agents and animal damage control personnel when the same are
molesting or attacking livestock or domestic animals and it shall not be
necessary to obtain any permit from the department. Wolves so taken shall be
reported to the director within seventy-two (72) hours, with additional
reasonable time allowed if access to the site where taken is limited. Wolves so
taken shall remain the property of the state. Livestock and domestic animal
owners may take all nonlethal steps they deem necessary to protect their
property. A permit must be obtained from the director to control wolves not
molesting or attacking livestock or domestic animals. Control is also permitted
by owners, their employees and agents pursuant to the
If you kill a wolf that is
molesting or attacking domestic animals, suffer a depredation loss, or if you
need a permit to control wolves that may molest or attack your livestock, you
should contact your local Fish and Game regional office. Here's a link with
phone numbers and addresses to all seven regional offices: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/offices/
On a case-by-case basis, Fish and Game may issue a kill permit to producers who have experienced chronic wolf depredations that remain unresolved.
When a loss is reported to Fish and Game, a Wildlife Services agent will investigate and together, we will implement an appropriate, targeted control action to remove the offending animals in a timely manner.
You can also contact Wildlife
Services directly toll free at
More information about wolves
and wolf management in