Monday, September 8, 2014

Fish and Game: public can track wolves, grizzlies

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - With the number of wolves and grizzly bears increasing in Idaho, the state game department is calling on hunters and outdoorsmen to help track them.

The Post Register reports that Fish and Game must document 15 breeding pair of wolves with pups by Dec. 31 each year until 2016.

Gregg Losinski is regional conservation educator for Fish and Game. He says tracking wolf numbers is required to comply with regulations set to ensure maintenance of healthy populations.

Losinski said the department has transmitters on 17 breeding pairs but would like to have more cushion.

Fish and Game also wants reports of sightings of grizzly bears. Losinski said the department is in the process of coming up with conservation management criteria for when the bears potentially are delisted.