Wolves http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Rockies Gray Wolf Numbers Steady Despite Hunting http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/rockies-gray-wolf-numbers-steady-despite-hunting <p></p><p>A new population tally of gray wolves in the U.S. Northern Rockies shows their continued resilience despite increased hunting, trapping and government-sponsored pack removals.</p><p>State and federal agencies said Friday there were a minimum of 1,691 wolves at the end of 2013.</p><p>That's virtually unchanged from the prior year even as state wildlife agencies adopted aggressive tactics to drive down wolf numbers.</p><p>Under pressure from livestock and hunting groups, Idaho officials have used helicopters to shoot packs. Montana has eased hunting and trapping rules.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:34:58 +0000 Associated Press 42929 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Rockies Gray Wolf Numbers Steady Despite Hunting Idaho Agriculture Industry Happy With 2014 Legislature http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-agriculture-industry-happy-2014-legislature <p></p><p>Idaho's farmers, ranchers and producers say they're happy with the outcome of the 2014 Legislature.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1i1yyJk" target="_blank">The Capitol Press</a> reports a lot of things went right for the agricultural industry during the 74-day session, where numerous industry-boosting bills found a foothold.</p><p>That included the Agriculture Security Act, a dairy-backed bill that punishes those who film agricultural operations, and is designed to protect farmers from spying activists.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:17:02 +0000 Associated Press 42528 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Agriculture Industry Happy With 2014 Legislature Governor Otter Signs Wolf Control Bill http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/governor-otter-signs-wolf-control-bill <p></p><p>Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed a bill to create a state board that will work to control the growth of wolf populations in the state.</p><p>Otter signed the bill on Wednesday, despite opposition from some conservation groups.</p><p>The bill, which passed on the final day of the recent legislative session, creates a $400,000 fund and establishes a five-member board whose job is to authorize the killing of wolves that come into conflict with wildlife or livestock.</p><p>The money comes from the state's general fund.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:44:01 +0000 Associated Press 42485 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Governor Otter Signs Wolf Control Bill With Idaho Wolves On The Decline, Environmental Groups To Ask For Federal Protection http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-wolves-decline-environmental-groups-ask-federal-protection <p></p><p>Idaho's wolf population is on the decline, heading toward 10 breeding pairs, or 150 wolves.</p><p>That's the goal set in the 2002 wolf management plan that will remain the state's official policy unless it is changed by the Legislature.</p><p>The Idaho Statesman reports that last week's legislation to establish an Idaho Wolf Control Board, along with efforts to expand and increase wolf hunting and trapping, has galvanized some national conservation groups.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:41:07 +0000 Associated Press 42254 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org With Idaho Wolves On The Decline, Environmental Groups To Ask For Federal Protection Lawmakers Want Gray Wolf Protections To Stay http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-want-gray-wolf-protections-stay <p></p><p>Federal lawmakers are pressing Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to drop a proposal that would end federal protections for wolves across most of the Lower 48 states.</p><p>Seventy-four House members signed onto a Wednesday letter to Jewell that cites a peer-review panel's recent conclusion the government relied on unsettled science to make its case.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:26:11 +0000 Associated Press 42058 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Lawmakers Want Gray Wolf Protections To Stay Hunters Kill Nearly 500 Wolves In Idaho, Montana http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/hunters-kill-nearly-500-wolves-idaho-montana <p></p><p>Hunters and trappers in Montana killed 230 wolves during the recently concluded wolf season.</p><p>That's only five more wolves than the prior year's wolf harvest despite the lifting of quotas on the animals across most of the state and a higher bag limit for individual hunters.</p><p>Hunters took 144 wolves during a season that started in September and ended Saturday. Trappers took 86 wolves.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:38:28 +0000 Associated Press & Emilie Ritter Saunders 41859 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Hunters Kill Nearly 500 Wolves In Idaho, Montana Montana Rule Lets Landowners Shoot Wolves Without A Permit http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/montana-rule-lets-landowners-shoot-wolves-without-permit <p></p><p>The state Fish and Wildlife Commission has adopted regulations to implement a law that allows landowners to shoot threatening wolves on sight, without a hunting license.</p><p>Commissioners approved new wording and definitions for administrative rules on wolf management on Thursday.</p><p>Senate Bill 200, which passed last year, allowed landowners to kill wolves that threaten their property without having to buy a permit or hunting license.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:28:24 +0000 Associated Press 41706 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Montana Rule Lets Landowners Shoot Wolves Without A Permit Lawmaker: Budget Crunch Will Dent Wolf Killing Fund http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/lawmaker-budget-crunch-will-dent-wolf-killing-fund <p></p><p></p><p>The co-chair of the state's budget committee says a bill asking for $2 million to kill Idaho wolves likely won't get half that much money.</p><p>Republican Rep. Maxine Bell of Jerome says the money is instead needed to pay for the Idaho Education Network broadband program.</p><p>Bell co-chairs the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee.</p><p>Legal wrangling over a contract the state awarded for an education broadband project has cut off federal funds for the program.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:01:27 +0000 Associated Press 41426 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Lawmaker: Budget Crunch Will Dent Wolf Killing Fund Idaho Fish And Game Pays $30,000 To Kill 23 Wolves http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-fish-and-game-pays-30000-kill-23-wolves <p></p><p>Idaho wildlife officials say it cost $30,000 to kill 23 wolves last month in northern Idaho.</p><p>Idaho Fish and Game announced earlier this week the money is coming from licenses the agency sells.</p><p>The agency last month said USDA Wildlife Service agents killed the wolves using a helicopter in the Lolo elk zone near the Montana border to improve elk survival in the area.</p><p>It's the sixth time the agency has taken action to kill wolves in the Lolo zone in the past four years. Forty-eight wolves have been killed in all.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:01:21 +0000 Associated Press 41183 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Fish And Game Pays $30,000 To Kill 23 Wolves Idaho Wildlife Managers Kill 23 Wolves Near Montana Border http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-wildlife-managers-kill-23-wolves-near-montana-border <p></p><p>Idaho wildlife officials have killed 23 wolves in northern Idaho in an effort to boost the number of elk in the region.</p><p>The Idaho Fish and Game announced Friday afternoon that the animals were killed by USDA Wildlife Service agents using a helicopter in the Lolo elk zone near the Montana border. It's the sixth time the agency has taken action to kill wolves in the Lolo zone in the past four years, bringing the total number of wolves killed there to 48.</p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 16:37:26 +0000 Associated Press 41001 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Wildlife Managers Kill 23 Wolves Near Montana Border Idaho House Approves $2 Million Plan To Kill Wolves http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-house-approves-2-million-plan-kill-wolves <p></p><p>Lawmakers voted 49-16 to direct $2 million to help kill problem wolves, over objections from Democrats who say it's a poor use of the money.</p><p>Friday's vote sends the measure, backed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and livestock producers, to the Senate.</p><p>Idaho has 118 packs and 680 wolves, according to 2012 figures.</p><p>This wolf control fund's proponents argue existing measures by federal trappers and hunters aren't enough to tackle wolves that prey on sheep, cattle and elk herds coveted by hunters.</p><p>This fund will help pick up the slack.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:34:58 +0000 Associated Press 40575 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho House Approves $2 Million Plan To Kill Wolves Montana Ranchers Learn Ways To Live With Wolves http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/montana-ranchers-learn-ways-live-wolves Gray wolves are a controversial and polarizing animal in much of the American West. Wolves have slowly come back from extinction, forcing people to learn how to coexist with the cunning predator. One farmer is teaching his cattle to huddle together as bison do when threatened — there is safety in numbers. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 15:20:00 +0000 editor 39870 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Panel Finds Feds Didn't Use Best Science In Wolf Plan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/panel-finds-feds-didnt-use-best-science-wolf-plan <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/020714JR_WolfDelisting_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A new independent review finds the federal government used uncertain science when it proposed taking the gray wolf off the endangered species list across the Lower 48.<p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 00:35:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 39849 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Panel Finds Feds Didn't Use Best Science In Wolf Plan Idaho Fish And Game Pulls Pro Hunter From Wilderness After Killing 9 Wolves http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-fish-and-game-pulls-pro-hunter-wilderness-after-killing-9-wolves <p></p><p>Idaho wildlife managers called off a professional wolf hunter who has been killing predators inside a federal wilderness area.</p><p>Department of Fish and Wildlife Monday said it was halting the hunt after nine wolves were killed.</p><p>It had planned to keep hunter Gus Thoreson of Salmon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness this winter as it sought reduce wolves and bolster low elk populations there.</p><p>Wolf advocates initially lost their bid for a court order to force Thoreson to quit hunting wolves from his base on U.S. Forest Service territory.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 01:18:19 +0000 Associated Press 39208 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Fish And Game Pulls Pro Hunter From Wilderness After Killing 9 Wolves $2 Million Plan Aims To Kill 500 Idaho Wolves http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/2-million-plan-aims-kill-500-idaho-wolves <p></p><p>Republicans promoting Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's proposed $2 million fund to kill wolves say they hope the cash helps eliminate more than 500 of the predators in Idaho, reducing numbers to 150 animals in 15 packs.</p><p>Rep. Marc Gibbs of Grace and Sen. Bert Brackett of Rogerson Monday told the House Resources and Conservation Committee the cash set aside with Otter's proposal will bolster Idaho's predator arsenal.</p><p>Idaho now has about 680 wolves, according to state Department of Fish and Game estimates.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:48:20 +0000 Associated Press 39195 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org $2 Million Plan Aims To Kill 500 Idaho Wolves Ranching Ecology And Wolf Reintroduction With 'Badluck Way' Author Bryce Andrews http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ranching-ecology-and-wolf-reintroduction-badluck-way-author-bryce-andrews <p>During the summer of 2007, a city kid from Seattle lived out an adventure most wannabe cowboys only dream of.</p><p>Bryce Andrews spent a year working on the Sun Ranch — an expansive area of rangeland in the breathtaking wilderness of southwest Montana — mending fences, riding horses, roping cattle and transforming himself into a true ranch hand. It fulfilled his heart’s desire to live among the wild. And, as Andrews writes, it “might have been a simple, pretty story, if not for the wolves.”</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 38692 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Ranching Ecology And Wolf Reintroduction With 'Badluck Way' Author Bryce Andrews Idaho's New Elk Management Plan Could Be Adopted This Week http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-new-elk-management-plan-could-be-adopted-week <p>Hunters and other interested parties have one more chance to comment on Idaho's proposed new <a href="http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/elkPlan/elkPlanFinalDraft.pdf">elk management plan</a>.</p><p>The state has spent the last several years working on a plan to replace the current version, which went into effect in 1999. Fish and Game's deer and elk program coordinator, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFl6W5Zgm8Q&amp;feature=youtu.be">Toby Boudreau</a>, says the 15-year-old plan is now obsolete.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:59:49 +0000 Scott Graf 38562 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's New Elk Management Plan Could Be Adopted This Week Conservation Groups Sue Over Idaho Wolf Kill Plan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/conservation-groups-sue-over-idaho-wolf-kill-plan <p></p><p></p><p>Some conservation groups are suing federal and state officials over Idaho's plan to track and kill wolves from two packs in central Idaho.</p><p>The lawsuit, filed by Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project and Wilderness Watch on Monday, asks the judge to stop the extermination immediately to give the case time to work through the courts.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:52:22 +0000 Associated Press 38163 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Conservation Groups Sue Over Idaho Wolf Kill Plan Idaho Governor's Budget Targets Wolves, Water And Wi-Fi http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-governors-budget-targets-wolves-water-and-wi-fi <p></p><p>For those seeking a catchy slogan for Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's 2015 budget, they could do worse than "wolves, water and Wi-Fi."</p><p>The Republican governor Monday <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/read-idaho-gov-otter-delivers-his-2014-state-state-address">told legislators</a> that those three things will be among his priorities for the coming fiscal year, starting in July.</p><p>Otter called for $2 million for a new Wolf Control Fund, something he sees necessary to keep the number of predators in check.</p><p>Idaho now has 680 wolves.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:07:41 +0000 Associated Press 38087 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Governor's Budget Targets Wolves, Water And Wi-Fi No Wolves Killed During Controversial Idaho Hunt http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/no-wolves-killed-during-controversial-idaho-hunt <p>Organizers of a coyote and wolf hunting contest held over the weekend in Salmon, Idaho say hunters did not kill any wolves as part of the ‘<a href="http://www.idahoforwildlife.com/component/content/article/2-content/39-salmon-predator-derby">derby.’</a> Hunters shot 21 coyotes.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:28:06 +0000 Scott Graf 37752 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org No Wolves Killed During Controversial Idaho Hunt