Idaho Ceases Wolf Removal

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Following the successful removal of at least nine wolves in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game ended the wolf removal effort on January 27, 2014.  As reported in an earlier edition of Crosshairs, IDFG engaged a trapper/hunter to remove two wolf packs from the Wilderness area in the Payette National Forest in order to improve the predator/prey balance in the area.  Animal rights and Wilderness groups sued to stop the predator management and SCI moved to intervene in the lawsuit.  The Idaho federal district court denied the plaintiffs’ request for an emergency stay of the wolf removal.  At this time it is unclear whether plaintiffs will continue the lawsuit in an effort to prevent future predator management.  SCI will continue to participate in the case to protect its members’ hunting and guiding opportunities until the matter is finally resolved.

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