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Idaho wolf hunting approved

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BOISE, Idaho. - The Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commission has voted 4-3 to approve a plan to let hunters shoot 220 wolves during a hunting season due to start in September.

The policy to shoot about one-quarter of Idaho's estimated 880 wolves was approved during a meeting Monday in Idaho Falls.

The 220-wolf hunting quota was approved after commissioners voted 4-3 to reject a plan that would have allowed hunters to shoot up to 430 of the predators.

Last month, wildlife officials in neighboring Montana voted to let hunters shoot 75 wolves starting in mid-September.

Lawyers for environmental groups who have sued over the federal government's May decision to delist wolves oppose such hunts, on grounds they could hurt efforts to help restore the animals' population.

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