Decision On Idaho Wolf Killing Petition Delayed - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Decision On Idaho Wolf Killing Petition Delayed

LEWISTON, Idaho - A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official says the agency won't be able to respond to Idaho's petition to kill wolves in the upper Clearwater River Basin in northern Idaho
as soon as hoped.

Brian Kelly tells the Lewiston Tribune he recently learned the agency has to conduct a National Environmental Policy Act review of the petition before making a decision. Idaho officials submitted the petition in August to kill some wolves in the Lolo Zone in northern Idaho with the goal of boosting elk populations.

Idaho submitted the petition after a federal judge restored Endangered Species Act protections to wolves, precluding an Idaho wolf hunting season. Kelly says he hopes the review is finished in time for wolf control actions to be carried out in the late winter or early spring if the petition is approved.
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