Idaho Working on Wolf Hunt Quotas - Montana is Gearing Up

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In May wolves were taken off the endangered species list in Idaho and Montana. Once this took place Idaho started selling wolf licenses to residents for $11.50, non-residents $186. Idaho is working on setting rules and quotas for this year's wolf hunt. Two years ago when there was a wolf season, hunters bagged 188, short of the 220 quota.

In some areas of Idaho, state officials are already trying to decrease the number of wolves. They were shooting them from helicopters, killing 5. Dense timber areas was blamed on the low success rate. State officials gave outfitters and guides permission to shoot wolves during the spring bear hunt, but the wolves were not seen. With elk in calving season the wolves appear to have moved out of human dense areas to the woods. From The Republic.

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groovy mike's picture

interesting article because it raises questions in my mind.

This is an interesting article because it raises questions in my mind.  On one hand the wolves are being delisted as an endangered species.  This would seem to indicate that the population has risen above any level that is easily threatened.  On the other hand the very low success rate from the misguided helicopter based extermination efforts (lets not even call that hunting) would seem to indicate a low wolf population.  This is somewhat supported by harvests below the quota, still a hundred eighty eight wolf kills in a single limited season speaks of a fairly high density.  We also seem to have contradictory messages from the state of Idaho with their very low resident wolf hunting tag fee but a fairly high non-resident tag fee.  Do they want those wolves shot off or not?  If the answer is yes, then they should make the out of state tag wolf hunting tag more affordable.  Last, I am encouraged by the last statement that the wolves appear to have moved out of human dense areas to the woods.  This is best for the wolves, best for the humans and really seems to satisfy everyone involved except those who are concerned with the wolves’ impact on the elk herd population and the calving.  Thanks for sharing the information.  Please keep us posted as more information becomes available in the future. 

arrowflipper's picture

About time...

It's about time Idaho and Montana turned some hunters loose on the wolves.  I have a friend that has a ranch in Idaho and he said the wolves have decimated the elk herd in his area.  He was surprised the game department hadn't done anything sooner.  On more than one occasion when he and his brother were out elk hunting, they came upon kills.  He said that very often the dead animal had not even been eaten.  It was evident that many of the elk kills were merely for the sport of killing.

It's another case of animal right's activists that don't really have a clue what's happening.  They spout off that it's nature's way of keeping the animals in balance.  Without checks and balances on the wolves, everything will soon be out of balance.

And it's another way of raising a little money for the state.  I would pay the out-of-state fee to shoot a wolf.  I'd love to have a wolf rug on my wall.  But rather than just hunt wolves, maybe I should pick up an elk tag as well and do both.  I give Idaho and Montana credit for ignoring the idiots and doing what's right.