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Idaho wolf trapping season began November 15

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s first wolf trapping season since the predators lost federal protections this year starts Tuesday, and a trapping supply shop says it’s already boosted revenue.

Jessi Heck, whose family owns Rocky Mountain Fireworks and Fur in a yellow cinderblock building just off U.S. Interstate 84 in Caldwell, says trapping-related sales are up 15 percent this year, as enthusiasts stock up on leg-hold traps and snares capable of capturing a 120-pound wolf.

Meanwhile, the addition of wolf urine to her vast stock of scents inside Rocky Mountain’s “stink room” has brought other, more subtle changes. The dark liquid meant to lure these territorial canines smells so awful, Heck’s employees wait until just before closing to transfer the stuff from gallon jugs into pint bottles that retail for $8.95.

“It’s terrible,” Heck said Friday. “We usually will do it right when we know we have to leave for the day.”

This past week, wildlife advocates went to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, Calif., aiming to stop gray wolf hunts that began in Idaho on Aug. 31 and Sept. 3 in Montana…

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