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How Many Wolves For Idaho?

Idaho’s Republican lawmakers know what they want to do now that the state has regained control of wolves. “We need to put as much pressure as we can on those wolves, pin them down and drive them back into the wilderness,” said Republican Sen. Monty Pearce, chairman of the Senate Resources and Environment Committee. “I think we need to thin them down rapidly.” Officials at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game believe about 1,000 wolves are in Idaho, though the official number is 705. The agency will begin work to establish a new population goal this month, with a new hunting season for wolves expected this fall. Pearce and other lawmakers don’t want the agency to wait. The New Plymouth rancher wants the season opened immediately and the state to adopt the minimum set in its 2002 Wolf Management Plan: 150 wolves/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: How many wolves do you want in Idaho, if the current number is around 1000?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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