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Idaho prepares to shutter wolf hunt in 3 zones

Tue., Oct. 20, 2009, 1:52 p.m.

BOISE — Wolf hunters in some parts of Idaho are nearing their quotas, prompting state wildlife managers to prepare to shutter the season there once the legal harvest limit has been reached.

Department of Fish and Game officials are allowing for a total of 220 wolves to be killed across the state, but the kills are divided up into 12 hunting zones.

In three of the zones — the Upper Snake zone, the Palouse-Hells Canyon zone and the McCall-Weiser zone — kills are approaching the state’s limits.

In the Upper Snake zone, for instance, three of the five-wolf quota have been bagged. In the Palouse-Hells Canyon zone, the limit is five wolves and hunters have taken two.

And in the McCall-Weiser zone, 12 of the allowed 15 wolves have been shot, including one illegally.

Montana, which also has a wolf hunt, has already closed gray wolf hunting near Yellowstone National Park after nine of the predators were killed there, though the state is sticking with its 75-wolf season quota.

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