Idaho Wolf Hunt Full Steam Ahead
Idaho refuses to be intimidated by threats of boycotts. Not only is Idaho moving forward with the wolf hunts, they have increased the number of wolves to be hunted and trapped, as well as decreased license costs in an effort to reduce the wolf population. There have been threats of boycotting Idaho, and its products - such as the potato by wildlife advocates. Idaho is still going forward with their wolf season.
Idaho Fish and Game commission approved a plan to reduce the wolf population from the current 1000 to no more than 150. Idaho is not setting a quota, and are allowing hunting and trapping almost year round and in most of the state but they require that there are 150 wolves. This number is the minimum before the wolves are placed back on the list. Idaho has also reduced non-resident wolf tags from over $100 to $31.75 to attract out of state hunters.
Idaho Fish and Game commission said their goal is to keep the wolf and livestock interaction down, along with the elk kills from wolf. Still, a recent survey by state wildlife managers shows elk populations exceed or meet biologists' objectives in the vast majority of Idaho's hunting areas. Another study by wildlife managers shows Idaho wolves killed 148 cows in 2010, out of a total 2.2 million head of cattle in the state. From Reuters.com.