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From IdahoPress.com:

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commission on Thursday extended wolf hunting and trapping seasons.

The unanimous vote put nine proposals into effect that extended the wolf hunting and trapping seasons in much of Southwest Idaho, where wolves are fairly rare. The commission’s consideration of the topic brought in an enormous amount of public comment with 27,076 electronic statements pouring from people worldwide.

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From KREM.com:

MOSCOW, Idaho — University of Idaho researchers say they’ve found success using a more efficient and cheaper way to estimate the number of wolves living in the Gem State.

The team’s secret tool? DNA.

Using DNA from wolves that were killed by hunters or were killed for other reasons, the UI study identified wolf sibling groups and provided estimates for breeding pairs in Idaho.

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From cdapress.com

A new tool to determine how many breeding pairs of wolves live in Idaho doesn’t rely on collars, cameras or visual observation.

Researchers at the University of Idaho have been using genetic material from harvested first-year wolves to pinpoint how many breeding pairs of wolves live in the Gem State.

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From postregister.com

More wolf hunting and trapping tags are available in the Salmon region this winter than in the past, according to a press release from Idaho Fish and Game Public Information Specialist Brian Pearson.

The number of permits in each category was increased last month to 15, from 10, by action of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. Pearson said the increase will not be reflected in the Idaho Big Game 2019-20 Seasons and Rules brochure, but has been updated online.

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game recently published a new statewide wolf population estimate based on an improved model incorporating remote camera surveys and other monitoring efforts. The estimate indicates Idaho’s wolf population remains robust through fluctuations of births and mortality over the year—an estimated peak of 1,541 wolves in summer 2019 after the annual birth cycle.

Since the federal government lifted Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in 2011, the Fish and Game Commission has expanded wolf seasons in a stepwise manner in response to increases in depredations on livestock and predation on other big game species. Despite the Commission’s systematic progression of wolf hunting and trapping seasons, the 2019 wolf population estimate is still at levels well above federal recovery criteria of 150 wolves and 15 breeding pairs statewide.

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From mtexpress.com

In an effort to reduce wolf numbers—particularly where wolves have been killing livestock and large numbers of elk—the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is proposing to expand wolf hunting and trapping throughout the state.

If the Fish and Game Commission, which makes policy decisions for the department, adopts the proposed rules, wolf hunting will be permitted year-round or for 11 months of the year in all hunting units through June 2021.

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From KIVI TV in Boise, Idaho:

BOISE, IDAHO — Carter Niemeyer has literally written the book on wolf reintroduction. In fact he’s currently writing his third. Niemeyer is a wildlife biologist, a hunter, and a self proclaimed wolf advocate. He was directly involved in the trapping and release of 35 wolves in Idaho more than twenty years ago.

Niemeyer believes recent increases in the number of wolves hunters and trappers can kill in Idaho are motivated by politics rather than science.

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From kivitv.com

BOISE, IDAHO — Carter Niemeyer has literally written the book on wolf reintroduction. In fact he’s currently writing his third. Niemeyer is a wildlife biologist, a hunter, and a self proclaimed wolf advocate. He was directly involved in the trapping and release of 35 wolves in Idaho more than twenty years ago.

Niemeyer believes recent increases in the number of wolves hunters and trappers can kill in Idaho are motivated by politics rather than science.

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From KTVB7 TV in Idaho:

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho’s top wildlife official on Tuesday requested authorization from state lawmakers to spend $408,000 to count wolves.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever told the Legislature’s budget-setting committee that the expense would become part of the agency’s annual budget to keep a running tally of the number of wolves in the state.

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From The Lewiston Tribune:

BOISE — The director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Thursday said there are an estimated 1,000 wolves in Idaho.

Ed Schriever told the House Resources and Conservation Committee that the estimate made public for the first time is the first wolf population estimate in Idaho since 2015.

“We will be making that estimate every year, and we will know from this point forward if the population is going up, as some people speculate, if it’s been level, or if it’s decreasing,” Shriever told lawmakers.

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