HUNTING -- Hunters are taking a few more wolves this season than in the first season of wolf hunting in the Idaho Panhandle. Wildlife managers say that trend along with this year's new tool in wolf management -- trapping -- should help get the wolf numbers under control.
Hunters reported killing seven wolves in the Panhandle during the Oct. 1-24 period in 2009.
During the same period this year, hunters have taken nine wolves, reports Jim Hayden, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional wildlife manager in Coeur d'Alene.
"We also had an earlier opener this year (Aug. 30) with 6 wolves taken prior to Oct. 1. If we follow the same pattern of harvest as 2009, we would have a final hunter harvest of about 40 wolves. In general terms, this would take care of most, if not all of the expected reproductive increase. Trapping should result in a decrease in the Panhandle’s wolf population."