January 29, 2023

Idaho F&G to Ask U.S. F&W for Permission to Reduce Wolf Pack

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In what I am sure will turn out being a controversial and debated move, the Idaho Fish and Game Department is proposing to seek permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reduce the number of wolves in the Lolo elk management zone by up to 43 wolves – a reduction of about 75%.

Under a revision of the Endangered Species Act, which took effect in February of 2005, it allows for such matters when wolves are having an unacceptable effect on elk and deer populations.

The proposal to seek permission is entitled, “Effects of Wolf Predation on North Central Idaho Elk Populations” and is available for public viewing by clicking the link.

This link will take you to charts and graphs to go with the proposal. And this link is a summary of the proposal.

The Idaho Fish and Game is seeking your comments on the proposal. This can be done in several ways – By snail mail to IDFG Wolf Comments, P.O. Box 25, Boise, Idaho 83707. By email at wolfcomments@idfg.idaho.gov .

There is one public meeting left on the schedule. That will be tonight, February 7, 2006, from 5-9 p.m. at the Fish and Game Regional Office in Lewiston.

This link will take you to many questions and answers the IDF&G has received recently. These questions and answer may answer any questions you might have thought of.

Tom Remington