Hunters, trappers play role in managing Idaho wolves
By Rich Landers | The Spokesman-Review, Roger Phillips | Idaho Statesman
Idaho’s traditional elk-hunting breadbasket – those mountainous, backcountry units stretching from the Selway country down through the Salmon River country – continues to falter at producing elk.
Idaho Fish and Game officials say they are trying to help those herds in various ways, including sending a professional hunter into the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness last winter to kill wolves to improve survival of elk in one of the state’s worst-hit herds.
It was controversial, but “we’re not giving up on the backcountry,” said Jon Rachael, state wildlife manager.