Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Fish and Game: Idaho Wolf Population Drops By 11 Percent

Posted By on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Idaho Fish and Game confirms that the number of wolves in the Gem State was declining in late 2012, but breeding season was just beginning.

The 2012 Idaho Wolf Monitoring Report indicates that 683 wolves lived in 117 packs and the end of last year. That's an 11 percent drop from the 746 wolves in Idaho at the end of 2011.

Fish and Game reported that there were 425 wolf killings in 2012—329 were killed by hunters and trappers, 73 by ranchers or federal wildlife agents (for preying on livestock) and 16 were killed by various other means, such as being hit by automobiles. The other deaths were not caused by humans.

The report also indicates that 92 cattle, 337 sheep and two dog were suspected of being killed by wolves.

Fish and Game said the wolves were currently "denning," meaning new pups are expected to be born by the middle of May.

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