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Early Idaho wolf tag sales lack the intensity of 2009 pace

[large thumbnail url=”early-idaho-wolf-tag-sales-lack-the-intensity-of-2009-pace” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”09″] [thumbnail icon url=”early-idaho-wolf-tag-sales-lack-the-intensity-of-2009-pace” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”09″] So far, Idaho’s sales of wolf tags this week lack the enthusiasm seen in 2009, when the state first sold the tags for a public gray wolf hunt.

But there’s still plenty of time for would-be wolf hunters to buy tags before the state’s second hunt in its history, which is expected to happen in September. Since wolf tags went on sale Thursday, about 275 were reported sold late Friday afternoon, according to Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials. Nine of those were sold at the agency’s regional Jerome office, said Regan Berkley, a regional wildlife biologist.

Back in August 2009, the state sold 1,200 tags in the first half-hour they went on sale. Later in the day, that number climbed to 4,000.

This time around, the situation is different, both in terms of the time frame and legalities surrounding the wolf. For example, in 2009, the first hunt was scheduled to start about a week after tags went on sale. Hunters were also concerned at the time that an injunction sought in federal court by environmental groups to block the hunt would succeed. It failed, leading to the state’s 2009-10 hunt season, which killed 188 wolves out of an allowed quota of 220…

Read the entire article on www.magicvalley.com: Early Idaho wolf tag sales lack the intensity of 2009 pace

In contrast to this story, Reuters posted their own update to wolf tag sales titled: Brisk sales of permits for planned Idaho wolf hunts

The story also quotes Virgil Moore,  who is the head of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game:

“Whether you agree with how they got here or why they got here, they are now wards of the state,”

However Moore also said a plan is under way to kill 60 or more wolves blamed for killing elk using aerial gunners, trapping or snaring. This would be in addition to the expected 220 wolf quota for the fall hunt. The story said Virgil Moore sought to dispel fears that Idaho would decimate the wolves during a phone call with reporters.

220 + 60 = 280. That would be close to a third of all the wolves in Idaho. Decimation is to kill one in ten, Idaho is planning to kill one in three. So, Virgil has done exactly what he planned to, he has convinced us that Idaho doesn’t plan to decimate their wolf population. They are going to kill three times as many.

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