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Idaho Officials Propose Wolf Baiting to Save Elk Population

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Idaho Officials Propose Wolf Baiting to Save Elk Population

The DFG will be releasing the proposal for public comment at a February 27 open house as part of its Middle Fork Management Plan.
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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (DFG) proposed this week that hunters be allowed to use bait to hunt wolves in the northern part of the state. According to The Spokesman-Review, officials hope that more wolf harvests will decrease the impact of the predators on elk in the upper St. Joe River drainage. The DFG stated that wolves are partly responsible for population decline and strange behavior in elk, including a migration to southeast Idaho that farmers and ranchers are calling an “invasion.”

The Associated Press reported that DFG biologists are increasingly worried about calf ratios. Recent aerial surveys found that the number of elk calves have dropped drastically. The animals are also showing up in habitats unused to supporting elk.

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