Idaho draft wolf plan has fans and foes of the animals howling


A process to update Idaho’s wolf management plan has rekindled the sort of hot emotions scarcely seen since the days the animals were still protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Officials at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are likely to release a draft of their plan next month, and wolf critics claim the agency is going soft on the animals, while wolf advocates say the state is putting too much pressure on them. Both sides are upset the agency no longer intends to count wolves the way it has for the past 20 years — with the annual release of a minimum population, pack and breeding pair estimates.

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