Upper Snake Region Winter Wildlife Conditions Report For February 10, 2017
In order to help keep the citizens of Idaho informed regarding the physical condition of their wildlife, the Upper Snake Regional Office will be issuing reports throughout the winter. Reports reflect information gathered from IDFG field staff and contacts in local communities. Reports will be issued as conditions change, especially if a major winter weather situation develops.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) with input from the Southeast Idaho Winter Feeding Advisory Committee (WFAC) has selected an additional 27 sites for baiting/feeding efforts in multiple counties in southeast Idaho. The total number of feed sites is now 89 (71 for deer, 16 for elk, and 2 for pronghorn). Over 100 volunteers are lending assistance to date.
Winter provides great opportunities to view Idaho wildlife, but it is very important to enjoy the view from a distance. Winter can be very stressful for wildlife, especially in winters like this when snow is deep or crusted.
The Charcoal Creek segment of the Boise River Wildlife Management Area is now closed to all public entry. This portion of land is located south and east of Lucky Peak Reservoir and north of the Blacks Creek Road.
The Southwest Region has a long history of big game winter feeding efforts. The Winter Feeding Advisory Committee, made up of several citizen volunteers, continues to meet and review current winter conditions and evaluate needs to declare more winter feeding emergencies based on factors outlined in Fish and Game rule and policy as per IC36-123. The last emergency winter feeding operation was conducted in the winter of 2007/2008, when elk and deer were fed because of severe winter weather conditions in Garden Valley and the Lowman area.
Summer is typically the primary season for big game depredations on agricultural crops in the Clearwater Region. But with this winter’s snow depths exceeding anything seen in recent years, complaints of deer and elk getting into haystacks have been rolling in. Regional Landowner-Sportsman Coordinator Jana Ashling has responded to approximately 25 such complaints to-date. On February 7 the region’s wildlife staff helped protect a haystack belonging to Potlatch area farmer Cody Anderson. The stack was wrapped with Tensar (a plastic mesh material) to keep elk from feeding on his stored hay
Fish and Game Schedules Big Game Season Setting Meetings in Southeast Idaho
The southeast regional office of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is getting ready to discuss the proposals for the 2017 hunting seasons for big game.
To hear these proposals and for an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments, please join us at one of these scheduled meetings.
February 13: Preston– Larsen-Sant Library, 109 South 1st East
February 15: Soda Springs– Senior Center, 60 South Main Street
February 8, 2017
IDFG Sets Meetings To Present Proposed Big Games Seasons
IDAHO FALLS – Biologists from the Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) are ready to begin the public comment phase of their big game season setting process by heading out to present to the public the proposals they are considering moving forward on. These proposals were created after reviewing big game population data collected in the past month and by meeting with sportsmen in the region in January.
Last week, an Idaho Fish and Game press release incorrectly stated that the agency would reimburse homeowners for the cost of removing the ornamental plant Japanese Yew from their yards.
Fish and Game does encourage homeowners to consider removing the plant, or wrapping the plant with burlap during winter/spring if they live in or near big game winter range. But the agency simply cannot afford the cost of reimbursement across the state.
Idaho Fish and Game plans several open house meetings around the state during February to collect public comments on the 2017 and 2018 proposed seasons and rules for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, gray wolf and mountain lion.
Interested individuals can visit with department personnel concerning the proposed seasons and provide their written comments by attending any of the below meetings.