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Stockmen can protect property from predators

One of the five management goals listed in the 2002 Idaho Wolf and Conservation Management Plan was to “minimize wolf-human conflicts by coordinating with USDA Wildlife Services to achieve prompt response to notifications of wolf depredation and prompt resolution of conflicts.”

Fish and Game works closely with Wildlife Services to address depredations. Since 2005, Wildlife Services has removed 520 wolves in depredation control actions.

Fish and Game also wants to make sure Idahoans understand state law also assures the right of individuals to protect their livestock and domestic animals from wolves under Idaho Code 36-1107(c).

If you kill a wolf that is molesting or attacking domestic animals, suffer a depredation loss, or if you need a permit to control wolves that may molest or attack your livestock, you should contact your local Fish and Game regional office. Here’s a link with phone numbers and addresses to all seven regional offices: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/offices/

On a case-by-case basis, Fish and Game may issue a kill permit to producers who have experienced chronic wolf depredations that remain unresolved.

When a loss is reported to Fish and Game, a Wildlife Services agent will investigate and together, we will implement an appropriate, targeted control action to remove the offending animals in a timely manner.

You can also contact Wildlife Services directly toll free at 1-866-487-3297.

More information about wolves and wolf management in Idaho can be found online at

fishandgame.idaho.gov.

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