Idaho Starts Selling Wolf Tags, Environmental Groups Sue
While Montana is working out the details of its fall wolf hunting season, according to Reuters, Idaho has already started selling tags at $11.95. Demand is expected to be high for the tags in northern Idaho.
Speaking to reporters by telephone on Wednesday, Virgil Moore, head of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, sought to dispel fears that Idaho would decimate the wolves. "Whether you agree with how they got here or why they got here, they are now wards of the state," he said. Moore said a plan is under way to use aerial gunners, trapping or snaring to kill off 60 of 80 wolves blamed for excess elk deaths in a popular hunting area near Grangeville.
On a related note, two environmental groups filed lawsuits in federal court in Montana trying to stop the planned hunts and attacked the delisting process used by Congress. Seattle PI reports the suits claim Congress violated the Constitution by preventing the Judicial branch from completing a pending lawsuit in the federal court of U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy.