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Idaho wolf hunting season closes in a fourth zone

December 22, 2009 | 11:40 am


The inaugural wolf hunting season in Idaho continues, with another portion of the state successfully reaching its zone quota.

Idaho Fish and Game reports that the Palouse-Hells Canyon zone, located in northern Idaho, reached its quota of five animals on Friday and has closed to further hunting of the species.

This marks the fourth zone to close since the season began, and there are currently two others nearing their quota.

The Southern Mountains zone, which has a quota of 10 wolves, has one remaining before it closes to further hunting; the Middle Fork zone, with a limit of 17, has two outstanding.

The expansive Southern Idaho zone has yet to have any of the five-wolf-quota reported.

The hunting season closes in each zone when the limit for that area is reached or on March 31, whichever comes first.

As of Monday, 131 wolves have been reported killed to Fish and Game officers.

--Kelly Burgess

Photo: Gray wolf. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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