Feds still looking for a cooperating, non-Idaho agency-
Personally, I’d rather see the federal government manage them in Idaho. They are doing it in Wyoming, and the wolf population there is growing slowly, livestock losses are stable or declining, and every elk unit its above the population “target” in Wyoming.
In Idaho, before Idaho Fish and Game Department took over, the feds (meaning Carter Niemeyer, the federal wolf manager) oversaw a similar situation.
If a cooperating agency is not found for Idaho, however, it may be that there will be no Idaho wolf population count for 2010. That will mean that every interest will make their own claim. Perhaps the extremes will be those saying there are less than 100 wolves and the other extreme 10,000 wolves.
Idaho wolf management transition still not complete. U.S. Fish and Wildlife still looking for monitoring agency. By Katherine Wutz. Idaho Mountain Express staff writer