Posts tagged: Idaho wolves
PREDATORS — Idaho's 2012-2013 wolf hunting season opens statewide on Thursday (Aug. 30).
A season has been open since July 1 on private land in the Panhandle Zone, but no wolves have been reported harvested to date.
Wolf advocates are countering the Thursday wolf season opener with a rally “honoring the 379 wolves killed in Idaho, during the 2011-2012 wolf hunt.” The event is set for 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Fort Sherman/Coeur d’Alene City Park.
Live music, guest speakers, refreshments are planned as well as a trap-release workshop put on by Footloose Montana. The session is aimed at educating citizens on how to identify traps/snares, and if necessary, how to release a pet that is caught in a trap or snare.
The 2012-2013 wolf trapping season opens Nov.15 in six wolf zones.
Wolf hunting and trapping seasons and rules are posted on the Idaho Fish and Game website.
PREDATORS — Idaho's wolf trapping seasons closed March 31 in all wolf management zones, and hunting seasons have closed in all but the Lolo and Selway zones where hunting seasons remain open through June 30.
As of April 2, hunters had killed 252 wolves, and trappers 123, for a total of 375 wolves, the Idaho Fish and Game Department reports. The agency says it sold about 43,300 wolf tags for the 2011-2012 season.
For the remainder of the 2011-2012 season, hunters may use two 2012 tags, and they may take only one wolf per tag. Wolf seasons are any-weapon seasons, electronic calls may be used, and wolves may be taken incidentally during fall bear baiting.
Hunters must report killing a wolf within 72 hours, and they must present the skull and hide to an Idaho Fish and Game office within 10 days.
Wolf trapping seasons opened November 15 in the Panhandle zone, except for units 2 and 3; in the Lolo zone; in the Dworshak-Elk City zone, except Unit 10A; in the Selway zone; and the Middle Fork zone. Unit 10 A was opened to trapping on February 1.
All trapping seasons ran through March 31 and are now closed.
The 2012-2013 wolf hunting season will open throughout the state on August 30, and the trapping season will open November 15 in some wolf zones.
PREDATORS — Idaho has posted its 2011 annual summary of wolf monitoring.
Although much of this was reported last week, here are some compilations and updates:
In addition, since the beginning of this year, 145 wolves have been killed in Idaho by hunters and trappers, 14 were killed in a Lolo Zone aerial control action, nine have been taken in other Wildlife Service control actions around the state and one died of parvovirus.
That brings the 2012 toll on Idaho wolves to 169 as of Monday.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Northern Rocky Mountain wolf progress report includes reports from Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
PREDATORS — Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its 2011 annual report on gray wolf populations in the Northern Rockies.
Going into 2011, wolves had increased by more than 120 across Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and portions of Eastern Washington and Oregon and a small portion of northcentral Utah.
The wolves increased despite extended seasons for hunting in Montana, plus hunting and trapping in Idaho.
The increase is despite 166 wolves killed by officials in relation to livestock predation.
Here are some of the numbers from the 2011 report, compiled by cooperating federal, state and tribal agencies:
“The Northern Rocky Mountain wolf population is biologically recovered, having exceeded recovery goals for 101 consecutive years. In addition, the population fully occupies nearly all suitable habitat,” federal officials said in the report.