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Idaho wildlife officials hire hunter to kill wolves

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho wildlife officials trying to aid the recovery of elk populations have hired a hunter to track down and kill wolves from two packs roaming federal wilderness in the middle of the state.

Hiring a professional hunter and trapper will help determine if it’s a cost-effective method for managing wolves, said Jeff Gould, wildlife bureau chief for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

The agency is also contracting out the job because the targeted wolves roam in areas of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness that are often too difficult to reach for sport hunters…

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I love the unsupported justification in the first paragraph – trying to aid the recovery of elk populations? Which ones? Why? Or was the reporter just told that is what they were doing.

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