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Wildlife officials hire hunter to kill wolves

By The Associated Press
Published On: Dec 17 2013 09:14:14 AM MST
Updated On: Dec 17 2013 02:33:32 PM MST
BOISE, Idaho -

State wildlife officials have hired a hunter to eliminate two wolf packs in a federal wilderness area in central Idaho because officials say they are eating too many elk calves.
    
Fish and Game Bureau Chief Jeff Gould says hunters are having a difficult time getting into the Frank Church-River of No Return wilderness, so the agency hired hunter-trapper Gus Thoreson of Salmon to kill the wolves in the Golden and Monumental packs.
    
The U.S. Forest Service allowed the state agency to use an airstrip and cabin in the Payette National Forest as a base.
    
Fish and Game paid $22,500 for aerial killing of 14 wolves in the Lolo area in 2012. Gould said Monday he didn't know how much the agency would end up paying for Thoreson's salary and expenses.