WEIPPE, Idaho -- The State of Idaho is launching new offensive in its battle against a growing gray wolf population. On November 15, Idaho will begin allowing the public to trap wolves, which were once on the brink of extinction, in an effort to bring their numbers under control.

Legalized trapping is as deadly as it is controversial as hunters will now be allowed to use snares or leg hold in the hopes of catching hundreds of wolves around the clock.

There's tremendous potential for suffering and other animals inadvertently getting caught but Idaho Fish and Game officials insist trapping is necessary.

Shane Richards lost some of his hunting dogs to a wolf attack.

"The first dog I found was Ruby," hunter Shane Richards said. "They didn't try to kill her by getting her by the throat like they say predators do. No they just went in and started tearing her guts out, eating her alive."

Hunter Rene Anderson also found herself in a position of having to defend herself against a charging wolf.

"It was coming down pretty fast towards me. It was kind of nerve racking. I laid my bow on the ground and I thought this thing seriously wants to eat me," Anderson said. "So it popped up over there, like ten feet from where I was and I shot it and I hit it in the head."

The wolf Anderson shot is one of more than approximately 1,000 wolves roaming rural Idaho. Once hunted to near extinction, wolves have enjoyed years of federal protection as an endangered species and are making a strong comeback.

"Wolves are part of the landscape, I think that's a given," Gary Macfarlane with Friends of the Clearwater said. "They are in fact what we call a keystone predator, they're necessary for the health of ecological systems."

Environmentalists say a recovering wolf population is bringing back a balance between grazing game animals and their natural enemies.
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Responses to "Idaho To Allow Wolf Trapping Beginning November 15"

  1. this is rediculous and wrong. wolves are beautiful animals, leave them alone, do your research. stop this nonsense. instead of trying to kill animals go after whats important , crimminals.

  2. Anonymous says:

    wolves are beautiful animals we should just leave them alone or send them to new york state.we will accept them.

  3. Anonymous says:

    this is ridiculous. hunted to near extinction, brought back and now only approximately 1,000 wolves in the whole state and they want to allow the killing to start all over again. wolves are needed to keep the deer, elk and other prey animal populations at natural levels.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Instead of killing them, trap them [all of them since they are not indiginous to Idaho, and listed as "Least Concern" on the Conservation Status because their 10's of thousands of them in Canada] and introduce the 150 pound Canadian Timber Wolf into the endangered/extinct Red Wolf [50-pound ave. size] habitat of the East Coast [Manhattan, New York, Massachusetts, Delaware, etc]. This way those who are "friends" of the Canadian Timber wolves, can be closer to the beutiful animals.

  5. Anonymous says:

    How awful! Don't they care about the huge amount of suffering caused to an innocent creature? I ask all these trappers to test out these traps on themselves....!! Wolves are beautiful, intelligent creatures and this appears to be an excuse for some sickos to go on a killing spree. Leave them alone in their natural habitat.

  6. michele capra says:

    I am horrified by this. Wolves are smart and beautiful creatures. I was fortunate to have one on one time wth 3 month old wolf pups in a conservation in n.y. and they were incredible and loving. Leave them alone. It's the people who should b trapped, not the wolves.

  7. Anonymous says:

    First trapping wolves, then people... Stop harming the living creatures of this earth!

  8. Anonymous says:

    What is this world coming to?? We as humans have NO RIGHT to trap nature in any form. This is what is wrong with the world. TEACH PEACE. TEACH HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. DON'T TEACH DEATH !!!!

  9. Gabriella says:

    I feel sick, I feel sick to bouth hear and see this doubtful and horrible method. To trap an animal not able to defend its self, coldbloodet shot after beeing cought in a trap. To set a trap like this is only possible by homosapiens - humens. America - you lose with me. This is not fair and not ok.

    God bless not America but the wolfs!

  10. Sam says:

    Wisconsin just opened up a season to. WHOOOO HOOOO!!!!

  11. Sam says:

    all you guys r wolf lovers. city folk

  12. Anonymous says:

    Lets stop this suffering of wolves..... how would a person feel if they were caught in a trap for days unable to eat or drink..... totally inhumane!!
    Go sign our petition to get Wolves back on the endangered species list where they belong!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    God says that humans are to take care of nature and creation.

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