Proposed Wolf Hunt Season Could Start Next Month


If all goes as planned, the gray wolf will once again been in the crosshairs of Idaho hunters beginning next month. Idaho Fish and Game released its rules today for a 2011-2012 wolf hunt, which still must be formally approved by the Fish and Game Commission later this month.

The proposal would set a wolf hunting season throughout most of Idaho between Aug. 30 and March 31, 2012, in 13 wolf management zones. The proposal includes no quotas.

"The current population is too high from a conflict standpoint, with wolves approaching homes and communities, killing livestock and domestic animals," read today's Fish and Game statement.

A 10-week trapping season is also part of the proposal, to be run from December through mid-February.

Federal recovery criteria require a minimum of 15 breeding pairs and 150 total wolves for all of Idaho.