Press Release

April 2009

Three Calves Killed Near Ashton by a Large Canid

Officials are not certain whether the animal that killed three calves south of Ashton the evening of Friday, April 24 was a wolf or a large domestic dog.

One fact is certain; some type of large canid killed three calves.

"I think it is important for everyone to realize that anytime an incident occurs that could be related to wolves that it will be investigated thoroughly," Regional Supervisor Steve Schmidt said.

While wolves are known to prey on livestock, federal and state statistics show that several hundred livestock in Idaho are killed each year by domestic dogs allowed to run loose.

The livestock owner contacted a senior conservation officer with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to investigate the incident. The officer in turn contacted the local agent of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services.

The investigation confirmed that a single track of a lone, large dog-like animal belonged to the animal responsible for killing the calves. A trap was set near the remains of some of the calves, in hope of catching the culprit returning to the scene.

The first night, a large gray malamute dog was captured at the scene. No other animals were caught in the trap the following two nights.

Officials cannot confirm that this domestic dog, which had been allowed to run loose, killed these calves. But a neighbor reported that he had shot at the same gray malamute that had been chasing his livestock earlier on the same night the three calves were killed.

To help keep track of changing wolf populations Idaho Fish and Game has created a place on its Internet site where people can learn more about wolves and report wolf sightings: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/wildlife/wolves/.

New, Nonresident Fees Go up May 1

New fees for nonresident hunting and fishing licenses, tags and permits go into effect Friday, May 1.

Nonresident Licenses

  • Hunting - $154.75
  • Season Fishing - $98.25
  • Hunting/Fishing Combo - $240.00
  • Daily Fishing 1st Day - $12.75
  • Daily Fishing Each Consecutive Day - $6.00
  • Nongame (Expires August 31) - $35.50
  • Junior Season Fish (up to 17) - $21.75
  • Small Game Hunting - $97.75
  • Nonresident 3-Day Salmon/Steelhead - $37.50
  • Youth Small Game (Age 10-11) - $20.00
  • Shooting Preserve - $23.75

Nonresident Tags

  • Nonresident Deer - $301.75
  • Nonresident Elk - $416.75
  • Nonresident Bear - $186.00
  • Nonresident Reduced and Second Bear - $31.75
  • Nonresident Mountain Lion - $186.00
  • Nonresident Reduced and Second Lion - $31.75
  • Nonresident Pronghorn - $311.75
  • Nonresident Turkey - $80.00
  • Nonresident Moose - $2101.75
  • Nonresident Bighorn Sheep - $2101.75
  • Nonresident Mountain Goat - $2101.75

Nonresident Permits

  • Archery Permit - $20.00
  • Muzzleloader Permit - $20.00
  • Salmon Permit - $25.75
  • Steelhead Permit - $25.75
  • Two Pole Permit - $15.50
  • Wma Permit (Age 17+) - $51.75
  • Migratory Bird Permit - $4.75

Nonresident Jr. Mentored

  • Jr Mentored Hunting (12-17) - $31.75
  • Nr. Jr Mentored Deer Tag - $23.75
  • Nr. Jr Mentored Elk Tag - $39.75
  • Nr. Jr Mentored Bear Tag - $23.75
  • Nr. Jr Mentored Turkey Tag - $19.75

Nonresident Commercial Licenses

  • Nonresident Trapping - $301.75
  • Nonresident Taxidermist/Furbuyer - $170.00

Nonresident Controlled Hunt Application

F&G Seeks Comments on Sandhill Crane Changes

For more than a decade, Idaho has been able to offer controlled hunts for sandhill cranes in portions of Eastern Idaho.

While these hunts provide a hunting opportunity, they have been part of a larger plan to help reduce agricultural damage caused by sandhill cranes as they stage by the thousands in preparation for their southward migration each fall.

Changes in land use practices have shifted sites used by the birds, and that has Idaho Fish and Game seeking comments on proposed changes as part of its ongoing adaptive management.

The biggest proposed change is the elimination of sandhill crane controlled hunts. Instead a limited number of permits will be available on a first-come basis for $15, with no controlled hunt application or permit fee.

"Fremont, Teton, Jefferson, and Bonneville Counties would only have one hunt, instead of two, and the season would run from September 1 through 15," Upper Snake Region Wildlife Manager Daryl Meints said.

Hunters would still have a two bird daily bag limit, with a nine bird limit for the season.

New closure areas are also being proposed in Fremont and Teton counties to help protect roost sites.

In Fremont County, the Chester Wetlands Wildlife Management Area would be closed. In Teton County, the area west of Highway 33, south of Packsaddle Road, north of the North Cedron Road and east of the west bank of the Teton River would be closed.

Anyone wishing to discuss proposed changes or anything else related to sandhill crane hunting can stop by the Fish and Game regional office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, at 4279 Commerce Circle in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Anyone unable to visit the office by May 8 may contact Daryl Meints by telephone at 208-525-7290 or via e-mail at daryl.meints@idfg.idaho.gov.

Comment Online on Sandhill Hunt Changes

Idaho Fish and Game is seeking comments on a proposal to simplify regulations and encourage participation in sandhill crane hunts.

Controlled hunts for sandhill cranes would be eliminated. Instead tags would be sold over the counter first-come-first-served for $15 each - up to nine per person.

Changes include, an increased total of 680 sandhill crane tags available - 400 in Caribou and Bear Lake counties, 100 each in Teton and Fremont counties, and 40 each in Bonneville and Jefferson counties.

Crane season would run from September 1 through September 30 in Caribou and Bear Lake counties, and September 1 through September 15 in the rest of the areas.

The daily bag limit would remain at two cranes per day and nine for the season.

Anyone interested may read the proposed rules and enter comments online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/public/.

Upper Snake Sportsmen Offer Free Youth Skills Day

Today's youth have lots of things that they can do with their time, probably too many things.

In addition to family, school and even jobs, today's young person has nearly unlimited access to all forms of activities and entertainment. What might be called more traditional leisure time activities such as fishing and hunting are taking a backseat to iPods and Xboxes.

There are many reasons for this shift, but the sportsmen's groups of the Upper Snake Region have again joined forces to offer kids and their families a chance to experience a wide-variety of outdoor activities on Saturday, May 9, at Beaver Dick Park on Highway 33 outside of Rexburg.

While Idaho is sportsman's paradise, with all kinds of opportunity for exciting outdoor activities like fishing, hunting, trapping and horse packing, many young people don't know how to make the initial contact to get started. What used to be an activity that the whole family enjoyed, such as fishing, has failed to make the jump to our youngest generation.

In many cases it seems no one in the family knows how to do the activity any more, or lacks the gear, but more than likely doesn't have the time to get out. Sportsmen's groups in the Upper Snake Region have taken the big step to make the time to reach out to young people.

"The Youth Outdoor Skills Day is a great opportunity for area youth to discover the great outdoor activities that Eastern Idaho great," said Russ Knight, Fish and Game's Upper Snake Region landowner/sportsman coordinator. "The area sportsman's groups are sponsoring this event to teach our kids some of the skills they need to safely participate in the hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities that can be found in our area."

The free event starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m., but registration starts at 9 a.m. Everyone who takes part in at least six of the mini-seminars will be entered in a drawing for a new rifle.

Volunteers Needed for Spring Valley Reservoir Clean-up Day

To prepare for summer and Free Fishing Day, a volunteer cleanup event is scheduled beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, May 8, at Spring Valley Reservoir, near Troy.

Volunteers are needed to help clean-up litter around the reservoir, clean out firepits, assist with fence repair, spread gravel and various other projects. Volunteers should bring gloves, water, hat, sunscreen and work boots. All other tools will be provided.

Lunch and drinks will be provided to all volunteers. Please contact the Idaho Fish and Game office in Lewiston for more information or to sign-up for this project, 208-799-5010.

The 55-acre Spring Valley Reservoir is 13 miles east of Moscow, and two miles north of Highway 8. Managed with simple fishing regulations, Spring Valley provides a great place for families, children and first-time anglers. Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie are present in good numbers.

Moose, Sheep and Goat Applications Due

Hunters have until Thursday, April 30, to apply for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts.

Apply at Fish and Game offices or license vendors, or apply using a credit card by telephone or over the Internet. Telephone applications may be made at 1-800-554-8685; Internet users may apply through Fish and Game's Web site at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/.

Each applicant must possess a valid 2009 Idaho hunting or combination license to apply for a controlled hunt. License fees will not be refunded.

For moose, goat and sheep hunt applications only, the entire application fee must be paid with the application. Resident and nonresident applications cost $6.25. All but the application fee will be refunded to those who do not draw. The resident application, including permit fee, costs $180.75; nonresidents pay $1,765.75. Unsuccessful resident applicants will receive a refund of $174.50; unsuccessful nonresident applicants will receive a refund of $1,759.50.

Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than April 30.

Hunters who apply for moose, goat and sheep may not apply for other controlled hunts in the same year except for unlimited controlled hunts, extra deer, elk or pronghorn hunts, controlled bear hunts or depredation hunts. Those who draw a moose, goat or sheep permit may not apply to hunt the same species for two years, even if they don't kill an animal.

Any person who has killed an antlered moose in Idaho may apply only for an antlerless moose permit. Any person who has killed an antlerless moose in Idaho may apply only for an antlered moose permit. Any person who has killed a mountain goat in Idaho since 1977 may not apply for a mountain goat permit.

Anyone who has killed a California bighorn or a Rocky Mountain bighorn may not apply again for the same type of sheep, but they may apply for the other subspecies.

Apply Early for Controlled Hunts

The application period for this fall's deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear controlled hunts starts Friday, May 1, and runs through June 5.

Hunters may apply for controlled hunts at any hunting and fishing license vendor, or Fish and Game office. They may also apply with a credit card by calling 1-800-55HUNT5 or 1-800-824-3729; or online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov. An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet applications.

Resident application fees are $6.25, and nonresident application fees are $14.75. Hunters must have a 2009 Idaho hunting license to apply.

Apply Early, Win Cash

Hunters who apply early not only avoid the last-minute rush, but they have a chance to win cash. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game's annual early application contest for 2009 for those applying for controlled hunts will be handing out one $550 prize and one $450 prize to two lucky winners.

Hunters who get their applications in by May 12 will be eligible to win $550 in the May 15 drawing. Those who get their applications in by May 19 will be eligible to win $450 in the May 22 drawing. Applications in by May 12 also will be eligible for the May 22 drawing, except for the winner of the May 15 drawing.

Others not applying for a controlled hunt, may submit their name, age, address, and telephone number on a 3- by 5-inch piece of plain paper to: IDFG Early Application Contest, P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID 83707.

The drawing is funded by Outdoor Central, a part of Active Network, and sponsored by the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The drawing encourages hunters to apply early and helps avoid last-minute congestion on license vendor computer terminals.

Idaho Fish and Game Commission to Meet in Pocatello

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission may set proposed Chinook salmon seasons on the South Fork Salmon River and Upper Salmon River during its May meeting in Pocatello.

The commission's quarterly meeting will start with a public hearing at 7 p.m. May 13 in the Wood River Meeting Room of the Idaho State University Student Union at 1065 Caesar Chavez Way in Pocatello.

Other commission business gets under way at 8 a.m. May 14 in the same location.

Commissioners also may act on the final pelican management plan. The plan's goal would be to reduce the impacts of foraging pelicans on native cutthroat trout. If adopted, Fish and Game would seek authorization from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to put lethal controls into action because the pelican is protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Fish and Game biologists have proposed eliminating all sandhill crane controlled hunts and change to a limited general hunt, increase the number of tags to 680 and reduce the cost of a tag to $15. If approved by the commission, the sandhill season would start September 1 and runs through September in Caribou and Bear Lake counties, and September 1 through September 15 in Teton, Fremont, Bonneville and Jefferson counties.

Other agenda items include setting the 2010 budget and discussing the 2011 budget, a briefing on rules for game animals, and set free fishing day for 2010.

Give Wildlife a Break

By Dane Cook, Idaho Department of Fish and Game

It's springtime, and there's nothing better to cure a case of cabin fever than to get out and go for a walk, run or just be outside.

This seems to be the case for not only humans but also our four-legged friends. While everyone should be encouraged to get outdoors as much as possible, a couple of considerations need to be made.

Our local wildlife, specifically big game animals, is just coming out of a relatively normal winter. As pleasant as it looks outside, deer and elk are probably in the worst shape they will be in all year. This is the time of year when the animal's digestive system shifts from dry cured forage to new succulent green growth.

If the body reserves of deer and elk were like a gas tank, right now they are on fumes, but the gas station is in sight. The last thing they need now is to use up those last remaining fuel reserves before they get to the filling station.

Recently the local Fish and Game office has received numerous calls about wildlife being harassed. Calls have come in about dogs chasing deer; some within city limits, others in the rural area around town.

Fish and Game would like to remind dog owners to keep control of their dogs.

Owners who are away from home during the day should keep dogs in a kennel or fenced yard they can't escape. At night dogs should be kept from wandering.

When out for a walk or run, be certain they can be called if they encounter deer or elk.

Idaho code allows any peace officer or other person authorized to enforce wildlife game laws, to kill a dog that is actively chasing big game animals.

This is an extreme and rarely used authority, but in some instances it has been the final solution to the problem.

New Reality Show: Webcam Tracks Peregrine Falcons

A pair of peregrine falcons is incubating four eggs in a nest box in downtown Boise, and people can now observe the new falcon family via a live streaming Web camera.

The project is a cooperative effort by The Peregrine Fund and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, with camera and Web hosting supplied by Fiberpipe.

Peregrine falcons have reared their offspring in the nest box on the 14th floor of the One Capital Center Building, 10th and Main streets since 2003.

But this is the first time the public has been able to observe their daily movements on the Internet. The camera may be viewed via The Peregrine Fund and Fiberpipe Web sites:

Monitors have been installed in the lobby at One Capital Center, courtesy of Oppenheimer Development Corp. and J.R. Simplot Co., for passers-by to observe the birds.

The nest box is on a ledge that simulates the high, steep cliffs the falcons use in the wild. The eggs were laid between April 10 and April 17. If all goes well, chicks will hatch in about a month.

Once an endangered species, the peregrine falcon was restored through the release of captive-bred young by The Peregrine Fund. The population had been decimated by DDT, a pesticide that thinned the eggshells of many types of raptors, including the bald eagle.

The peregrine falcon was removed from the endangered species list in 1999 but population numbers continue to be monitored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and individual states.

The peregrine falcon is still classified as threatened in Idaho and, like all birds of prey, remains fully protected by state and federal law.

Invasive Species Fund Boat Stickers Required

Anybody who wants to launch a boat in Idaho waters will have to buy an Idaho Invasive Species Fund sticker. A new state law requires the owner of any boat and any non-motorized vessel - canoe, kayak, raft, drift boat etc. - to buy and display an Idaho Invasive Species Fund sticker to legally launch and operate the boat in Idaho. Only inflatable, non-motorized vessels less than 10 feet long are exempt. The sticker and fee are in addition to any annual boat registration fees already paid. Stickers cost $10 for motorized vessels registered in Idaho, $20 for out-of-state motorized vessels, and $5 for non-motorized vessels. Discounts for non-motorized commercial fleets are available. The fees generated from the sale of stickers will fund vessel inspections, washing stations and informational materials that will help Idaho prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species, such as quagga mussels. Stickers can be ordered by mail, using a downloadable form available at http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/. Mail completed forms, with a check payable to the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, to: IDPR Registration Unit, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0065. Please allow seven days for processing. Stickers also are available online at http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/; a service charge is added to online transactions. For questions about sticker purchases, contact the Idaho Parks and Recreation registration help line at: 1-800-247-6332. To prevent the spread of invasive species all boaters should: