Idaho lawmakers approve $400,000 to kill wolves

Posted at 9:30 AM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 11:30:51-05

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho lawmakers have approved spending $400,000 to kill wolves.

The Spokesman-Review reported that the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee approved the money Tuesday for the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board.

The 15-5 vote maintains the operating budget at the same level as the previous two years for the board tasked with killing problem wolves preying on livestock or wildlife.

The board killed 72 wolves in 2015.

In February the board contracted with U.S. Wildlife Services to kill 20 wolves in the Clearwater Region in northern Idaho to bolster elk populations in the area.

The bill still needs to be approved in the House and Senate.