PREDATORS -- Should states that hunt wolves consider protecting wolves wearing radio or GPS collars attached by researchers?
Idaho rewrites the definition of what constitutes a breeding pair of wolves
Because so many radio-collared wolves have been killed in Idaho, the state is having trouble keeping track of packs and thus, breeding pairs, so the state has changed the definition set forth in the 2009 delisting rule from the federal government that says a breeding pair is "... an adult male and an adult female wolf that have produced at least 2 pups that survived until December 31 of the year of their birth, during the previous breeding season," to "... two adult wolves, regardless of sex, and two pups, regardless of their relation to those specific adult wolves, as a "breeding pair." A column by Ken Cole, a fifth generation Idahoan, and Western Watershed Project’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Coordinator.
--The Wildlife News