Inaugural Idaho Wolf Hunt Ends

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April 7, 2010

Inaugural Idaho Wolf Hunt Ends
The nation’s first state-regulated public wolf hunt in modern times ended
successfully last week in Idaho, and game managers there and in neighboring
Montana are already planning for expanded seasons later this year. You’ll also
read about how the presence of wolves harm elk reproduction, and the addition of crossbows to Maryland‘s
archery seasons.

Western Wolf Hunts Deemed ‘Successful’
Idaho’s history-making season for gray wolves officially ended at dusk last
Wednesday, March 31, with 185 wolves killed by hunters, 35 animals shy of the
220 statewide quota

J.R. Absher

Wildlife officials immediately offered words of praise for the historic
hunt, claiming it effectively demonstrates that states can responsibly manage a
species the federal government spent millions of dollars over the last 15 years
restoring in Idaho, Montana
and Wyoming.

Cal Groen, director of the Idaho Department of
Fish and Game, said it should also dispel fears that giving hunters license to
kill wolves would threaten recovery less than a year after the animals were
removed from the endangered species list.

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