Panhandle region Fish & Game Commissioner Tony McDermott said wolves are not easy to hunt, and though the commission has set a quota allowing up to 220, or 25 percent, of Idaho’s wolves to be shot by hunters starting in September, “We’ll be lucky to probably hit half of the hunter harvest limit that we’ve set. … Although we’re encouraged that in the open country we’ll be successful, in the forested areas of central Idaho and northern Idaho, it’s going to be much more difficult.” He estimated that about 70,000 hunters will get wolf tags, but said many may not succeed in taking wolves. “So it’s a trial and process to see exactly how Idaho works this out,” he said.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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