Originally Posted by IdahoCTD
The fish and game just recently announced they intended to lower the wolf numbers down to the 150 animal federal minimum and will hire more trappers to do it. The down side is they waited so long that it will take the rest of most of our hunting lives for the animals to recover unless they do relocations from the areas less effected. Even then it will be many many years before we see hunting like the glory years of the late 90's and early 2000's.
It is not the Fish and Game that is proposing to reduce the wolf population to 150 wolves, it is the governor who intends to do this by creating a "Wolf control board".
In my opinion it is a bad Idea, reducing the population that much would put us in danger of having the wolves relisted and returned to federal management. If that happens I don't think that the feds will be in any hurry to let Idaho take over management again. It would be better to manage wolves in the 550 range that IDFG proposed and that was approved by USFWS by the delisting agreement.
The Gov. is just grand-standing to his constituents, and claiming that the wolf population is rising. IDFG data has shown a decline in wolf numbers every year since hunting and trapping started. We need to just keep hunting and trapping to get where we want. There is no reason to give the wolf-lovers any more fuel for their lawsuits.