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Wolf trapping season under way in Panhandle zone

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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2012 1:23 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Hunters have taken 16 wolves through Thursday in Idaho's Panhandle wolf zone since the hunting season opened Aug. 30, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Three other zones in north central and central Idaho have each had a dozen wolves harvested, including the Dworshak-Elk City, Salmon and McCall-Weiser zones.

Statewide, 96 wolves have been killed by hunters so far in the 2012-2013 hunting season.

The 2012-2013 wolf trapping season opened Thursday and runs through March 31 in the Panhandle zone. Units two and three in the zone are closed to trapping.

Phil Cooper, a spokesman for Fish and Game in Coeur d'Alene, said, "There are just too many potential conflicts with domestic animals" in the two zones.

There are no harvest limits for the Panhandle zone for hunting or trapping.

Limits are in place in central Idaho in the Salmon River area to protect the interstate travel of the animals, Cooper said.

Also in those central zones it's important to maintain population connections, and have genetic interchange, he said.

"We want to make sure we don't have any isolated populations," Cooper said.

For the entire 2011-2012 hunting season 33 wolves were taken in the Panhandle zone, and 43 were harvested by trappers.

The statewide total for the 2011-2012 season was 255 killed by hunters and 124 by trappers.

Cooper said it's difficult to determine whether or not the pace of this season's harvest is surpassing last season's pace.

"There's not a lot of experience predicting" what the season-end numbers will look like, he said.

This is only Idaho's second year of trapping in modern history and third year of hunting in modern history, he said.

"Trappers are starting to learn how to trap them and hunters are learning how to hunt them," he said.

Wolves now are being taken by hunters who are out for elk or deer and come upon an opportunity for a wolf, he said.

"When hunting (wolves) you've got to be at the right place at the right time," he said. "It's a real challenge to just go out and shoot a wolf."

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  • warrier posted at 8:03 pm on Fri, Nov 23, 2012.

    warrier Posts: 106

    With the decline of our natural wildlife due to the introduction of these predators, one would think these animal activists might take the needless killing by these ravenous wolves that were never native to our part of the country, perhaps we could import a few cannibals to keep the human population in a perfect balance and discourage the illegals from coming over.

  • JoeIdaho posted at 6:15 pm on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Look at the picture that is my Avatar, Randy. Makes me happy; how about you?

    VERY pretty hanging, a lot better than killing someone's dog or kid.

  • local res posted at 10:48 pm on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

    local res Posts: 1165

    Randy if your statement was true, someone would have eliminated you long ago.

  • jmeckel posted at 12:36 pm on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

    jmeckel Posts: 17

    "It's hard for people to grasp that you could go out there and shoot 30 percent of the wolves and still have a growing population." Layne Adams, a wolf researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey. (8 July 2009) Even with 96 wolves and counting taken out of the population it is NOT enough. Relocation won't work. Think about it that's how USFWS and DOW brought the wolves here to begin with. Yellowstone had over 19,000 elk in 1995. Now the herd is less than 4,000. So if wolves only kill the weak, sick and old, boy was the herd at Yellowstone in trouble. Get a grip. Wolves don't care if the elk, deer, bison, moose and etc are weak, sick and old, they kill. Most of the time the death for the prey is long and excruciating. Wolves are a predator and they should be listed as such.

  • local res posted at 10:44 pm on Sun, Nov 18, 2012.

    local res Posts: 1165

    you dont have to worry about hydatid disease unless you have a large population of wolves. "As with many other parasites, the eggs are very hardy and reportedly exist in extremes of weather for long periods, virtually blanketing patches of habitat where some are swallowed or inhaled. As Dr. Valerius Geist explained in his Feb-Mar 2006 Outdoorsman article entitled Information for Outdoorsmen in Areas Where Wolves Have Become Common, “(once they are ingested by animals or humans) the larvae move into major capillary beds – liver, lung, brain – where they develop into large cysts full of tiny tapeworm heads.” This leaves us with two possible healthy responses. Either kill off the remaining Canadian wolves who carry the parasite. And the second option is too keep their numbers so low as they dont impact the environment.


  • pd1974 posted at 6:17 pm on Sun, Nov 18, 2012.

    pd1974 Posts: 105

    The only vermin here is you. A good wolf hunter/trapper is one that succumbs to hydatid disease. May many wolf hunters and trappers get hydatid disease and die from it. :)

  • idahoguy posted at 2:20 pm on Sun, Nov 18, 2012.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Thank you guys and gals for taking those vermin off the face of this Earth.

  • Justin Cottrell posted at 9:27 am on Sun, Nov 18, 2012.

    Justin Cottrell Posts: 157

    Time to head out!

  • JoeIdaho posted at 6:58 am on Sun, Nov 18, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Let the fun being in earnest now...

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