Idaho”s Department of Fish and Game has proposed an aggressive wolf hunting season to start August 30 and run through March of next year. In addition, the agency is also proposing a trapping season (to allow both snare and foothold traps) from December 1 through February 15 through much of North Idaho. The agency is not proposing “harvest limits” in the Panhandle, Lolo, Selway and Middle Fork Zones. (See the coverage by the Coeur d’Alene Press, Spokesman-Review, and Idaho Statesman.)
This is, of course, why there are lawsuits. How does an agency “manage” a population if it doesn’t set numeric targets or limits? But with Congress covering the agency’s metaphorical behind, IDFG seems to be happy to rely on the inability of hunters to actually kill the hard-to-find wolves as their sole management strategy.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will consider the proposal at the quarterly meeting in Salmon starting July 27th. Send them your comments.
Update 7/12: Idaho Fish and Game has posted a “survey” to take your comments. It’s rigged, but feel free…