Idaho Has Changed the Definition of a Wolf “Breeding Pair” | The Wildlife News

Leave it up to Idaho to change things as they see fit!!!!!!!

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is using a new definition for a breeding pair that differs from the definition used in the USFWS delisting rule of 2009. This definition is important because it is the primary marker used to determine whether wolves should remain delisted from protections of the Endangered Species Act or not. The state of Idaho seems committed to only maintain the absolute minimum number of breeding pairs it can to keep them from being relisted but Idaho Department of Fish and Game is having a difficult time monitoring wolves and documenting the minimum required number of breeding pairs because there has been such high mortality among collared wolves. This high mortality has caused them to lose contact with many of the packs they are trying to intensively monitor, in turn, it has led to them loosen the criteria they use to determine what constitutes a breeding pair. With the increased effort exhibited by Governor Otter to reduce the population even further, it may become even more difficult for Idaho Department of Fish and Game to conclusively document the minimum required number of breeding pairs.

Idaho Has Changed the Definition of a Wolf Breeding Pair | The Wildlife News.

Wanted: Wolves in Colorado — High Country News

This is why RANCHERS should be banned from grazing public lands!!

Being an avid elk hunter in Colorado, I hope the trapping and hunting pressure on wolves in Wyoming brings some of them here (“Wolf bycatch,” HCN, 4/29/13). The presence of wolves in Colorado might reduce the number of cattle that overgraze national forest land and ruin the riparian habitat for six months of the year, and would surely wipe out chronic wasting disease in our big game herds in short order. The presence of wolves in Colorado would improve the big game hunting experience and the habitat.

via Wanted: Wolves in Colorado — High Country News.

Wis. wolf season ends with 6 extra wolves killed

Heres the problem when States are allowed to sell thousands of hunting licenses!!

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin wolf hunters and trappers went slightly over the quota this season.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said Thursday the 2013 season ended with 257 wolves harvested. That’s six animals over the 251-wolf limit.

via Wis. wolf season ends with 6 extra wolves killed.

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