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State pulls pro wolf hunter from wilderness

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho wildlife managers Monday called off a professional hunter who has been killing wolves inside a federal wilderness area since last year amid an effort by advocates to convince federal courts to halt the hunt.

Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said it was calling off the hunt, which it said was meant to bolster lackluster elk populations, after nine wolves were killed.

The state agency had planned to keep hunter Gus Thoreson of Salmon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness this winter.

Now, it says it will take several days to complete the collection of equipment, including traps, as well as to transport of Fish and Game personnel out of the area…

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