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Wolf hunting and trapping in Idaho received a significant boost last winter after Fish and Game commissioners voted to open up year-round wolf hunting across most of the state and raise tag limits to 15 wolves per person.

That trajectory could continue in Blaine County this year. On Jan. 28, the seven-member Fish and Game Commission will review a proposal from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s regional Magic Valley office seeking to expand wolf trapping areas and seasons in the Wood River Valley.

The proposal itself is not originally from the Magic Valley office, but rather from two organizations: Ponderay-based Foundation for Wildlife Management and the Idaho Trappers Association, based in Fairfield. Both organizations are hoping to roll out wolf trapping in Blaine County and extend the wolf-hunting season in local Game Units 48 and 49—located on either side of state Highway 75—from 11 months to year-round.

Email the writer: ejones@mtexpress.com

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