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Hunters kill two wolves in Idaho on opening day

September 2, 2009 | 12:45 pm

Robert Millage poses with the wolf he shot on opening day of the hunting season.

The wolf hunting season opened in portions of Idaho Tuesday, with two hunters bagging their quarry.

Robert Millage, of Kamiah, Idaho, killed the first reported wolf in the state, an 80-pound female.

The other hunter, Emmett resident Jay Mize, got his wolf almost incidentally.

Jon Rachael, Idaho Fish and Game Department wolf manager, told the Idaho Statesman that Mize was outside his tent at Bull Trout Lake, near Stanley, Idaho, where he was planning on doing some bow-hunting. When he saw a wolf threatening his horse, Mize went back into his tent, assembled his rifle and shot the wolf.

"He said he had bought a wolf tag but never planned to use it," Rachael said. "He was going to have it framed."

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has set a quota of 220 wolves for the inaugural hunting season, and nearly 10,000 tags have been sold thus far.

Opposition surrounds the hunting of wolves and legal action by environmental groups may cause the season to be halted before the quota is met or the scheduled season-end date.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Robert Millage poses with the wolf he shot on opening day of the hunting season. Credit: Associated Press

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