By DAVE WILKINS

Capital Press

Hunters killed 185 wolves during Idaho's first wolf hunt which ended March 31, according to state wildlife officials.

The harvest total was 35 fewer than the maximum harvest limit of 220.

The state's first regulated wolf hunt opened in selected areas on Sept. 1 and later expanded to include 12 management zones.

The state now has about 840 wolves -- about the same as a year ago.

"The season has succeeded in halting the growth of Idaho's wolf population," Fish and Game Director Cal Groen said in a press release. "It showed that Fish and Game is capable of monitoring and managing a well-regulated wolf hunt."

The department sold 26,428 wolf tags -- 25,744 resident and 684 nonresident tags.

About 86 percent of the wolves harvested were taken by resident hunters. Twelve of the wolves taken were wearing radio collars.

More to come

For more details on the first wolf hunt, see the Friday, April 9 edition of Capital Press.

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