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New Rules: Gray Areas for Gray Wolves in ID?

January 25, 2008

Boise, ID – Idaho may soon have a special permission slip to kill hundreds of gray wolves. A new federal regulation says wolves can be hunted if they have an impact on deer or elk populations. Melanie Stein with the Sierra Club says studies of elk and deer herds show that nature has balanced itself out successfully.

"Wolves are a natural predator for elk and deer, and some predation obviously will occur, but we're not seeing those populations drop below acceptable levels."

Stein says it's challenging to talk about the gray wolf in Idaho because it's an issue with strong emotions.

"There are obviously extreme views on both sides of the issue. What we really need to do is find a way to work together to come to a healthy situation for wolves, for our livestock, and for our other wildlife."

Wolves have been controversial since their reintroduction in Idaho. Farmers and ranchers say wolves are killing too many of their animals, and there are complaints about wolves attacking dogs in Idaho's backcountry. Up to 900 wolves could be killed in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana under the plan, leaving 600 in the wild to satisfy Endangered Species Act guidelines.

Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - ID