Fish and Game considers paying trappers to kill wolves

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game may contract private wolf trappers to kill wolves in key elk hunting units as a part of programs aimed at reducing elk predation.

Fish and Game regional managers are mulling ideas ranging from paying trappers’ expenses to hire them as they seek lower cost methods of controlling wolves.

“There are certain individuals who have built up some pretty good skills,” said Jeff Gould F&G Wildlife Bureau manager.

The agency is seeking to reduce wolf numbers, which it estimated at just over 500 at the end of the season last year, especially in elk units where the game numbers have not recovered. Hunters and trappers have had success statewide killing wolves but there are areas where the agency wants more wolves killed, Gould said.

Trapping is allowed in parts of North Idaho and central Idaho until the end of March. But Gould said they need trappers not only to catch and kill wolves but also to catch wolves and place radio collars on them. It part of the management balancing act, seeking to kill enough wolves but not too many.

The USDA Wildlife Services agency also was contracted in 2010 to do aerial shooting. But trapping can be more effective and cheaper.

“All of these things are very expensive,” Gould said.

In a separate effort, the department will ask the Fish and Game Commission this week to approve its plan to stop spending $50,000 annually to Wildlife Services to kill coyotes in southeast Idaho to help mule deer. Wildlife Services would still get the money but it would be shifted to killing wolves in elk units that are not meeting goals.

The proposals already have prompted wolf advocates to criticize the agency.

"How can anyone defend this as responsible wildlife management?," said Suzanne Asha Stone, Boise representative of the Defenders of Wildlife.

And some wonder?

These bright ones that are in charge of managing our wildlife never cease to amaze me. Why don't you do something useful with the money I spend on a hunting license and tags and do the jobs your were hired to do and rebuild our mule deer herds. When you bunch of retards let the wolf population fall below the federal level and are relisted I will be the first one to sign a petition to have all you bozo's kicked out and have some real wildlife managers hired. Our ungulates were in trouble long before the wolves were re-introduced. IDFG your stupidity never ceases to amaze me. I wished you all would just quit or get fired as our wildlife would be in a heckuva lot better shape without your failed attempts.

Trap em

Trap them and send them to California to hang out with the wandering wolf.

Californians have a much better attitude and "culture" about wolves- so says The Rock.

California, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona too. We should be SHARING them.

Chicago

There are a lot of friends of the wolf in Chicago. I'm sure we could spare a few hundred to let them enjoy their company and get all cozy with the cute little wolves too.

deja vu all over again

Back to wildlife services and hired hit men. Why not sell higher limits with longer seasons in trouble spots instead of buying extermination?

Why? They'd shoot them for FREE? Gee whiz, kids!

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Really

Anything the government does is never free, unless it's for their own greedy pockets.
Real trappers have not been able to make a profit at selling pelts for many many years.
But then FO is as much an idiot as our president.

If you have to live in a burnt out trailer w/ no gov't...

It won't matter anyway.

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It's still cookies, always was and always will be.

in your dreams

My bedroom is bigger then your whole house. Oh wait you live in assisted living facility. You still using that old dial telephone. Computer still using dial up modem @ 28kbps????? You know you can go to the library and use their computers, at least theirs operate at T1 speeds. Oh but they don't allow liquor in there. Dang.
You still hanging out at the strip club there in Ontario every Friday night, senior night 1 lap dance for a buck.

Good, I need a bigger bedroom.

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