October 22, 1995 in City

Hunters: Don’t Shoot The Wolves

Associated Press

Wolf watchers want Idaho’s big-game hunters to take care in choosing their targets this fall to avoid shooting a wolf by accident.

Fifteen wolves, protected as endangered species, were released in Idaho in January. One has since been shot and three others headed for Montana.

The remaining wolves have scattered through Idaho’s backcountry, mostly the Frank Church-River of No Return or the adjacent Selway-Bitterroot wilderness.

Reports have filtered in through the summer and fall from travelers or hunters who have heard wolves or seen signs of their presence.

Mike Jimenez, the Nez Perce Indian Tribe biologist who helps keep track, said a few travelers also have seen the animals.

The tribe and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service share the Idaho wolf recovery project.

Bad weather hampered efforts in recent weeks to keep track of the wolves by air, said Jiminez, who is stationed at Lapwai.

Of the remaining seven in Idaho, four were clustered in the Church Wilderness west of Riggins and McCall. Two more were along the Idaho-Montana border near Lolo Pass.

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