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State of Idaho Funds Controversial Wolf Bounty Program

posted May 12, 2019, 9:18 PM by chloe owens

3/28/2019, by Amanda Peacher, Boise State Public Radio

State of Idaho Funds Controversial Wolf Bounty Program

If you kill a wolf in Idaho, your effort might be worth $1,000. A nonprofit in North Idaho covers costs for hunters and trappers who successfully harvest wolves. The group, called the Foundation for Wildlife Management pays up to $1,000 per wolf harvest…what is new is the state of Idaho helping to fund the program. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission granted the Foundation for Wildlife Management $23,065 this year to help fund the payments for wolves harvested in target elk recovery areas… “It’s really troubling that the state of Idaho is doing this,” says Stone. She believes this decision is a sign of something much bigger: that the state is treating wolves differently than other predators. For example, she says there’s no bounty program for mountain lions, and hunters and trappers can take far more wolves than cougars. This year, IDFG also expanded hunting and trapping opportunities for wolves. “One person if they’re a hunter and trapper can kill up to 20 wolves in a year,” says Stone. “The limit for mountain lions is two.” 

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