Wolf hunt closed in one Idaho zone after quota is reached
Idaho Fish and Game has announced the first area to be closed to wolf hunting, after the quota of five animals was reached in the Upper Snake zone in the eastern portion of the state.
The closed area borders Yellowstone National Park and Wyoming, where wolves are still protected by the Endangered Species Act.
All other portions of Idaho remain open to wolf hunting, with a total of 87 of the 220 statewide quota killed thus far.
Two other zones are nearing their limits. The McCall-Weiser unit has 14 of the 15 animal quota reported, and the Palouse-Hells Canyon zone, with a limit of five, has two predators taken.
The Southern Idaho unit, which is the largest, has yet to report any wolves shot toward the quota of five.
The season runs through Dec. 31 or March 31 depending on zone, or until each zone quota is met.
Photo: A wolf watches biologists in Yellowstone National Park after being captured and fitted with a radio collar. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service