Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Just in from Boise



Idaho's First Wolf Hunt Comes to an End

Boise--Idaho's first wolf hunting session ends today and with 185 wolves harvested so far, throughout the state. Idaho Fish and Game reports seven of twelve wolf zones already closed.

"The season has succeeded in halting the growth of Idaho's wolf population," said Fish and Game Director Cal Groen. "It showed that Fish and Game is capable of monitoring and managing a well-regulated wolf hunt."

The hunt also showed that fears of wholesale slaughter of wolves were unfounded, Groen told reporters at a news conference this morning at Fish and Game headquarters in Boise. He said that hunters complied with the rules, along with all check-in and call-in requirements.

The Idaho Fish and Game set wolf limits for each of 12 management zones. The season closes in each zone when the limit for that zone is reached, or when statewide limit of 22- wolves is reached.

Idaho Fish and Game set wolf harvest limits for each of the 12 management zones. The season closes in each zone when the limit for that zone is reached, or when the statewide limit of 220 wolves is reached.

Idaho Fish and Game sold 31,393 wolf tages this season--30, 612 resident and 684 nonresident tags. Harvested wolves ranged from 54 to 127 pounds, males averaged 100 pounds and females 79 pounds. Of the wolves taken, 58 percent were male, and 15 percent were juveniles less than one year old.

Most wolves were shot in October and fewest in January. Two wolves were taken in the Southern Idaho zone, and 49 were taken in the Sawtooth zone. At the end of 2009, Idaho had a minimum of 843 wolves in 94 packs, and 49 packs are considered breeding pairs. The average pack size was 7.8 wolves. A total of 142 wolves are rasio-collared.




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