Idaho officials said hunters cannot use bait to target wolves

BOISE, Idaho --- Idaho officials will not allow hunters to use bait that specifically targets wolves.

The Idaho Fish and game Commission voted 7-0 on Friday to direct the Department of Fish and Game to suspend an administrative process called negotiated rulemaking.

Commissioner Jerry Meyers said he would like more information about wolf baiting before moving ahead with any plan.

Idaho hunters are already allowed to kill wolves attracted to bait put out for bears.

The change considered by the commission could have allowed hunters to target wolves with bait outside of bear season.

Idaho had about 780 wolves in 2015, which is the last time state officials did a count.

Idaho officials said wolf numbers remain strong based on the reported wolf kills and wolf reproductive rates.

© 2017 Associated Press


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