Wolf Season Resumes in Idaho
After a year of closure due to trials in court, wolf season is officially ready to resume again in Idaho. Wildlife biologists do not believe that the quota set to be harvested will have enough impact on the population to cause the wolves to be listed again.
Hunting wolves is a lot harder than other big game. Wolves are intelligent and crafty animals, a lot of times the ones that get shot aren't the hunters' intent, but they come upon the wolves while hunting other big game, deer or elk. Wolves' home grounds can cover several hundred miles, making it hard to find them.
There are strict rules on the wolf hunt. Those hunting wolves must have specific tags designated for wolves, and in order to manage and control the amount of wolves that are killed, hunters may only buy two tags per calendar year. Any wolves that are harvested must be documented by the Department of Fish and Game, and the hunter will have to bring the wolf's hide and skull for documentation. Finally, each section within Idaho has been designated limits for the amount of wolves that can be harvested in that area. Once that quota is reached, wolf season is officially closed in that area.
Two years ago when the first wolf hunt in Idaho's history occurred, 240 were harvested. So far for this season there have been 30 tags sold. It is expected this season's total will be similar to 2009 numbers. From Shoshone News Press.