Rec News, Feb. 11, 2009 

Continuing Saga

Within the last year, gray wolves in Idaho have been removed from the Endangered Species List and turned over to state control, later to be relisted, then a promise for a partial delisting came from the Bush administration, quickly followed by a stay of that action by the Obama administration.

While the federal government and courts hash out what to do with the species, Idaho is moving forward with its own planning.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is busy getting plans squared away if, by chance, wolves should be delisted and returned to state management. The first time wolves were delisted, the Idaho management plan passed the federal test, and it will be virtually unchanged if the species is delisted again.

That plan calls for a limited hunting system to keep wolves at a predetermined population level. Officials are looking at current numbers, as well as conflict areas, and expect to present harvest level recommendations by late summer. Early estimates report 824 wolves in Idaho with 88 packs and 38 breeding pairs.

In case wolves remain on the endangered list, the department is also looking at new control methods for wolves causing problems with livestock and big game herds.

The Idaho State Senate recently approved what could become an option for IDFG—giving wolves away like party favors. The Senate recently voted 31 to 1 in support of a bill brought by Moscow Republican Sen. Gary Schroeder allowing the state to offer its excess or problem wolves to other states before killing them.

Run, Baby, Run

Neither wind nor rain nor snow will stop dedicated runners, among them the folks at Shu's Idaho Running Company. The store is organizing weekly Thursday night runs, with three-, four- and five-mile options.

The run/walks start at 5:30 p.m., and those who log the most miles can earn gear from Shu's. Rack up 100 miles, get a SIRC singlet. Make it to 500 miles, get a duffel bag. The 1,000 milers can get a free pair of shoes. With that many miles, they'll need them.

For more information, call 208-344-6604 or check out idahorunningcompany.com.

—Deanna Darr

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