Wolves Two Weeks Off Endangered List, Sheriff's Deputies Authorized to Kill in Idaho
In endangered species' history, the wolves are the first to be removed from the endangered species list by Congressional action rather than scientific review. In Idaho law enforcement has been given the go ahead with problem wolves - the ones who are attacking livestock, pets, and elk. A pack of about 7 wolves has been targeted near Elk City. This pack has no fear of humans, which has scared the residents of this small town. Wolves are also blamed for reducing the number of elk herds.
From Reuters; Federal safeguards were officially lifted from the estimated 1,200 wolves in Idaho and Montana on May 5, the same day Idaho began selling permits for wolf hunts. The two states are seeking to kill hundreds of wolves, mostly through licensed hunting. Montana last week set its quota at 220 out of 550 wolves and Idaho is considering the same quota for its 700 wolves.