If Idaho Fish and Game has its way, more hunters will be killing more wolves when a new hunt begins later this year.
Fish and Game commissioners have approved modifications to Idaho's 2012 wolf hunting rules. The changes include an increase in the bag limits to five wolf tags for hunters and five for trappers in five northern hunting zones. Bag limits will also be expanded in two central Idaho hunting units.
Commissioners also want to extend hunting and trapping seasons on private land in a northern Idaho hunting zone and on public land in two zones in eastern Idaho.
Wildlife managers estimate that between 500 and 600 wolves currently roam the state, down from more than 1,000 when the fall 2011 wolf hunt season opened.