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Thu., Nov. 19, 2009, 3:28 p.m.

Idaho extends wolf-hunting season

The Idaho Fish & Game Commission today extended the state's wolf hunting seasons in all of its still-open zones to March 31; all but two had been scheduled to close Dec. 31, while the Lolo and Sawtooth zone hunts already were scheduled to go to the end of March. Three of Idaho's 12 wolf-hunting zones already have closed because their limits have been reached; those are the Dworshak-Elk City zone, the McCall-Weiser zone and the Upper Snake zone in eastern Idaho. Three more zones are nearing their harvest limit, Fish & Game said; those limits haven't changed. The Palouse-Hells Canyon zone is two short of its limit of five; the Southern Mountains zone is three away from its limit of 10; and the Middle Fork zone is four short of its limit of 17. Statewide, 110 wolves have been shot since the season started; the statewide limit is 220. Hunters are being asked to call (877) 872-3190 to check whether a zone is still open before heading out. Montana ended its wolf hunt on Monday after its limits were nearly reached in all zones and exceeded in one.

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