Wolf tags generate revenue
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
September 24, 2009
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports:
"Idaho Department of Fish and Game reported as of 9/17/09, 5 wolves (one illegally killed in a closed area) were taken in Idaho. The total statewide quota for Idaho is 220 wolves. IDFG has sold 15,403 resident wolf licenses (@ $11.50 each = $177,134.50) and 283 non-resident wolf licenses (@ $186.00 each = $52,638.00) that raised $229,772.50 for the state."
The situation is similar in Montana, according to FWS: "Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reported 1 wolf had been harvested on 9/16/09 in Montana in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. The total statewide quota for Montana is 75 wolves. As of 9/16/09, $185,166.00 had been generated for the state from the sale of 9,064 resident wolf licenses (@ $19.00 each = $172,216.00) and 37 non-resident wolf licenses (@ $350.00 each = $12,950.00)."