The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will consider a proposed Idaho Wolf Population Management Plan during its March meeting.
The Boise meeting, March 5, 6 and 7, will be at Fish and Game headquarters, 600 S. Walnut St. A public comment period is planned at 7 p.m. March 5 at the DoubleTree Riverside on Chinden Boulevard in Boise.
The wolf management plan covers how Fish and Game will monitor and manage wolves when they are removed from the endangered species list.
Fish and Game would use regulated harvest to help manage population pressures, provide harvest and viewing opportunity, and help reduce some conflicts with domestic livestock and big game herds.
Under the proposed plan, hunting would vary with the level of conflict and tolerance. In areas of high conflicts with livestock and big game the hunting level would be high; in areas of low or no conflict there would little or no hunting.
The goal of the plan is to manage for a self-sustaining, viable wolf population that provides for a diversity of values and uses. Any hunting seasons and limits would be set by the Fish and Game Commission after wolves have been delisting.
The plan is available on the Fish and Game Website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/wildlife/wolves/state/draft_plan/WolfPo....
Commissioners also are expected to set seasons for deer, elk, pronghorn, bear and mountain lion. They also will get a legislative update and provide budget direction for the 2010 fiscal year.