153 Killed So Far; Fish and Game to Hunt by Chopper



Idaho Fish and Game reports that six wolves have been killed in the state's Lolo Zone, but they want to kill a lot more.

The Lewiston Tribune reported this morning that Fish and Game is planning to use helicopter gunners and government trappers in an effort to kill 50-60 wolves. A supervisor with the department's Clearwater Region said trapping efforts would begin in the next few days. Helicopter hunting is expected to take palce later this winter.

Idaho's wolf hunting season began in early September. Hunting in areas closest to Yellowstone National Park will close on Dec. 31, while hunting in most other areas will close either on March 31, 2012, or June 30, 2012, unless a limit is reached earlier.

As of Dec. 7, a total of 153 wolves have been killed this season by firearms, one by trapping, with 27 wolves harvested in the Dworshak-Elk City region, 25 in Idaho's Panhandle, and 21 in the Middle Fork region.

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