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Rules on Idaho wolf hunt include no statewide quota

[large thumbnail url=”rules-on-idaho-wolf-hunt-include-no-statewide-quota” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”07″ day=”11″] [thumbnail icon url=”rules-on-idaho-wolf-hunt-include-no-statewide-quota” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”07″ day=”11″] Idaho’s upcoming wolf hunt will be managed like other big game seasons, with no statewide quota on the number of wolves that can be killed, state officials said Friday.

About 1,000 wolves inhabit the state’s forests and grasslands. Wildlife managers said they want to reduce that number to relieve “social and biological” conflicts from wolf predation on elk herds and livestock.

Idaho Fish and Game is still trying to determine the right number of wolves for the state, said Virgil Moore, the agency’s director. Although that figure hasn’t been established, “we’re going to stay far north” of the federal minimum requirement of 150 wolves and 15 breeding pairs statewide, Moore said.

Idaho’s proposed wolf hunt is similar to seasons for cougars and black bears, which don’t have quotas, either, Moore said. Hunting and trapping the elusive predators won’t send the populations back into the danger zone, he added…

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