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Idaho wolf population decreased by 11 percent in 2012

Idaho’s gray wolf population fell by 11 percent in 2012, less than wildlife managers hoped for considering the state’s extended hunting and trapping seasons plus agency animal control efforts.

At least 683 wolves were living in Idaho at the end of the year, according to the federally required annual state wolf monitoring report released Tuesday by the Idaho Fish and Game Department.

However, the number of packs increased last year, and wolves were occupying territories throughout the state.

Humans killed 418 of the 425 wolves known to have died in the state last year, by hunting, trapping and through federal Wildlife Services control efforts to protect livestock, the report says…

Read the entire article on spokesman.com: Idaho wolf population decreased by 11 percent in 2012

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