Five zones of the state-licensed wolf hunt in Idaho are closed.
The limit of 10 wolves has been reached in the Southern Mountains zone in central Idaho, spanning from eastern Elmore County to the Montana border in parts of Lemhi and Clark county. Idaho Fish and Game reports that 140 wolves have been killed across the state since hunting season started in the fall.
Charts on Fish and Game’s Wolf Harvest Limit page show that three of the remaining nine open zones have six or fewer legal kills remaining. The hunting zones containing large cities like Boise, Pocatello, and Coeur d’Alene still have more than half of their quota remaining.
Fish and Game is also requiring hunters to get new tags for hunting wolves in 2010. Tags are good for one wolf and cost $11.50 for Idaho residents, and $186 for out-of-state hunters. Hunting season ends on March 31 or when each hunting zone reaches its quota. Hunters won’t be reimbursed for their tag if their hunting zone closes early.