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Idaho Fish and Game begins selling wolf-hunting tags

May 6, 2011 | 12:28 pm

Gray wolves

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game began selling wolf-hunting tags Thursday, the same day that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published the rule that immediately removed wolves in Idaho, Montana and portions of Oregon, Utah and Washington state from federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The action comes after the U.S. Department of the Interior on Wednesday declared wolves fully recovered in most of the northern Rockies, returning gray wolves to state management.

Tags are available at license vendors and Idaho Fish and Game offices and cost $11.50 for resident hunters and $186 for nonresidents, with a valid 2011 Idaho hunting license required.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will set seasons, rules and limits later in the summer.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Gray wolves. Credit: National Parks Conservation Assn.