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In brief: Fish and Game studies wolf harvest proposal

Idaho Fish and Game officials are considering a proposal that would allow hunters and trappers to each take five wolves in the Panhandle, or up to 10 wolves for individuals with both hunting and trapping licenses.

The proposal would allow the most skilled individuals to harvest more wolves, said Jim Hayden, Fish and Game’s regional wildlife manager. However, he said the proposal is unlikely to have a large impact on the numbers of wolves killed. Only one North Idaho hunter has taken the current limit of two wolves since last July, and only one trapper has bagged the trapping limit of three wolves.

Proposed hunting seasons for wolves, elk, deer and other big game will be discussed at four upcoming public meetings.

Hayden will discuss the proposals at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Lions Club in Pinehurst, 106 Church St.

Dave Spicer, regional wildlife biologist, will give an 8 a.m. talk Saturday at the Elks Lodge in St. Maries, 628 Main St.

A Sandpoint meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bonner County Fairgrounds in the Lehman Building. A Coeur d’Alene meeting will be 7 p.m. on March 9 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.

In addition to the meetings, the public can weigh in on the IDFG website, http:// fishandgame.idaho.gov.

Five arrested on drug possession charges

Drug detectives and the Spokane police SWAT team raided a home in southeast Spokane Wednesday night and seized heroin and methamphetamine.

 Police arrested Beverly Lynn Flanagan, 50; Kathleen A. Copeland, 38; Chelsea R. Haine, 23; Marcella R. Walther, 34; and David Andrew Hoitnik, 45, at the 2804 E. Fourth Ave. home. The five are in jail on drug possession charges.

East Central Neighborhood Resource Officer Dan Strassenberg learned of the home from residents who complained to the neighborhood COPS shop of short-term visitors, increased burglaries, vehicle prowls and conversations about drugs.

Detectives conducted undercover drug purchases and obtained a search warrant.

Police called the case a great example of police and citizens working together. There are 12 COPS shops and 11 neighborhood resource officers in Spokane.

Meghann M. Cuniff

High school student jailed after guns found

A University High School student was booked into Spokane County Jail on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm after a search of his home resulted in the seizure of two guns, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Witnesses told authorities Benjamin Washington, 18, displayed a weapon in a threatening manner following a fight near the school, said Deputy Craig Chamberlin, a sheriff’s office spokesman.

Washington’s home, near the 900 block of North Perry Street, was searched early Thursday.

The investigation continues as other charges may be included.

Staff reports


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