A hunter hired to kill wolves in Idaho faces a daunting task.
According to the Idaho Statesman, the state’s Department of Fish and Game has hired a hunter to eliminate two wolf packs that have been killing and eating elk calves at an increasing rate.
Hunter-trapper Gus Thoreson, of Salmon, has been tasked with the duty of relieving the environment of the predators,
“The whole goal is to alleviate some of the impacts wolves are having on the elk herds,” said Fish and Game Bureau Chief Jeff Gould in the Statesman piece.
Apparently hunters have a difficult time reaching the area where the two packs in question preside, leading the US Forest Service to allow the state agency to utilize a cabin and airstrip in the Payette National Forest as a hunting camp base for Thoreson.
Read about another wolf predicament in Michigan.
This is the first time a hunter has been hired to hunt wolves in the area near the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Previously, hunter-trappers were hired to harvest wolves in the Panhandle Region and the Lolo area in north-central Idaho.
Wolf season in Idaho opened on August 30, 2013 and runs until Marsh 31, 2014. The exceptions are the Lolo, Selway and Middle Fork zones and in the portion of Unit 16 in the Dworshak-Elk City Zone north of the Selway River, where the season closes June 30, 2014.
Do you think this method of hunters-for-hire will help maintain the elk population in Idaho? Are there similar situations playing out in your area? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.