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F&G expands hunting opportunities for elk, wolves

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Big game hunters in Idaho will have a chance to bag more elk next season and more time to hunt wolves in certain parts of the state. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Tuesday adopted a series of new rules and regulations for the 2013 big game hunting season. Major changes for elk include an increase of more than 2,300 controlled hunt tags. The commission also made adjustments in a variety of hunting zones across the state for elk season. Commissioners also approved extending the wolf hunt on private land in the Panhandle Zone to year-round and stretched the season in the Middle Fork Zone north of the Selway River to June 30. Changes also included expanding wolf trapping in certain hunting zones.

Feds consider possible trophy hunts for grizzlies around Yellowstone

Federal authorities are laying groundwork for possible trophy grizzly bear hunts around the Yellowstone area as soon as 2014, the AP reports, in the surest sign yet that more than 30 years of ederal protection for grizzlies in the area is nearing an end. Officials stressed that any grizzly season would differ significantly from the aggressive wolf hunts now underway in Idaho and Montana, and would not be aimed at reducing grizzly numbers. “It would be a very careful, limited hunt,” said Chris Servheen, grizzly bear recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A federal-state committee that oversees grizzly bears will consider adopting a pro-hunting policy during a meeting next week; click below for a full report from AP reporter Matthew Brown in Billings.

Trapping clause draws objections as right-to-hunt amendment heads for Nov. ballot

Trapping is back in the spotlight in Idaho, the Times-News reports, with a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to enshrine the right to hunt, fish and trap. Sen. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls, pushed for the amendment; opponents are objecting that trapping shouldn't have been included. Click below for a full report from Times-News reporter Melissa Davlin.

Montana to at least double its wolf-hunt limit; still would be below Idaho’s from this year

Montana plans to at least double the number of gray wolves it’ll allow hunters there to target in that state’s next wolf-hunting season, the AP reports, though Montana’s limit this year was just 75. Idaho set its wolf hunting limit at 220 this year, but just 188 were taken by hunters; Idaho’s Fish & Game Commission plans to consider limits for next year in August, though a federal court case could affect wolf hunt plans in both states. Here’s the Montana news item from the Associated Press:

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission plans to at least double the number of gray wolves hunters can kill this year. Commissioners voted Thursday to accept a staff recommendation to increase the quota of wolves in this year’s hunting season. After a public comment period, they will vote in July whether that final number will be 150, 186 or 216 wolves. Last year’s quota was 75. The proposed quotas would reduce the state’s wolf population between 8 percent and 20 percent from last year’s minimum count of 524 wolves, according to state wildlife computer models. The proposed quotas do not include wolves killed by wildlife officials responding to complaints of attacks on livestock. Some 145 wolves were killed that way in 2009.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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