Wolf hunting season opens across much of Idaho

Wolf hunting season opens across much of Idaho

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Wolf hunting season opens across much of Idaho

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KREM.com

Posted on August 30, 2011 at 7:33 AM

   BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- It's open season for hunting wolves across much of Idaho's backcountry.


   The state's second public hunt started Tuesday in the 13 separate hunting zones across the state.


   State wildlife managers approved the public hunt, a new set of rules and dates earlier this year as part of its effort to control the predator's population.


   The Idaho Department of Fish and Game estimates that about 1,000 wolves now roam the state. While the agency has not set a target for the number of wolf kills during the seven-month season, managers have set caps for certain zones.
 

   Officials say they intend to manage the population so it remains above 150 animals and 15 breeding pairs. Idaho held its first public wolf hunt in 2009, but a federal lawsuit scuttled last year's hunt.

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