BOISE — The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has approved a new set of rules guiding public hunting and trapping of wolves in the state’s forests and backcountry.
The rules and dates approved by the commission at its meeting Thursday in Salmon includes a few minor changes to the blueprint drafted by state wildlife managers.
Those tweaks include elevated kill limits in hunting zones in eastern Idaho and extending the hunting season in two northern hunting zones where the predators are blamed by outdoorsman for reducing elk populations.
The commission’s approval means the general wolf hunting season will have no quotas in about three-quarters of the territory now occupied by wolves.
Officials say Idaho will manage wolves and the hunt so that their population remains above 150 animals and 15 breeding pairs.