Idaho officials: Wolf depredation numbers drop

Posted at 1:22 PM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-10 15:22:27-04

Officials of Idaho Wildlife Services say livestock depredations by wolves appear to have reached a low point, showing that the program is on the right path.

The Capital Press reports Idaho Wildlife Services Director Todd Grimm says his office killed seventy wolves in Fiscal Year 2016, which ended Oct. 1; fifty of the wolves were tied to livestock depredations. The recent numbers were about the same as during FY 2015 and slightly down from 2013.

Grimm says he believes depredation cases have gotten about as low as they will be.

Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation Administrator Dustin Miller says the state, which recently took over wolf management, has greater flexibility to manage the predators that the federal government did. He says he expects the trend of depredations to stay low.

(by Associated Press)