Idaho's first public wolf hunt draws to close

Boise, ID – Idaho wildlife officials are crediting sportsmen and the state's first public wolf hunting season for stabilizing the predator's rapid population growth and proving hunts can be a successful management tool.

Idaho's wolf season ends at dusk Wednesday.

Since September, Idaho hunters have bagged 185 wolves, short of the 220-wolf quota. Last year, another 138 wolves were killed in livestock protection actions or other causes.

Department of Fish and Game Director Cal Groen says the hunt achieved the goal of halting growth of a species that had been increasing by 20 percent annually.

He said plans are being developed to change wolf hunting guidelines to help hunters bag more wolves next year.

Hunts were authorized in Idaho and Montana after wolves were removed from the federal endangered species list.