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Idaho wolf hunting season ends, Panhandle private-lands season begins

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Idaho’s wolf hunting season ended Sunday, but the hunt continues this summer on private lands in the northern panhandle region.In the 2011-2012 season, hunters shot 255 wolves and trapped 124 others. Biologists estimated Idaho had 746 wolves at the end of 2011.

The new season started Sunday, with hunting allowed on private lands through the summer. Idaho Fish and Game spokesman Niels Nokkentved said anyone wanting to hunt wolves in the summer must have a permit and landowner permission in advance.

“We’ve got plenty of wolves, and we want to try and keep them a safe distance from populated areas,” Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Tony McDermott told the Missoulian. “We’re not seeing a lot of livestock loss there, but wolves are getting close around densely populated areas like Coeur d’Alene.”

The next wolf season on public lands begins Aug. 30, with wolf trapping beginning Nov. 15 in six regions.

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