Wolf hunting begins in Idaho

Robert Millage of Kamiah, Idaho, said he heard a nearby pack of wolves before dawn and waited until light to lure them with a hand call that sounded like a wounded coyote. The 80-pound female wolf quickly came within 25 yards of Millage before he shot her with his .243 rifle in the Lolo Zone in northern Idaho.

Idaho has sold about 10,000 wolf tags so far. Fish and Game officials reported little activity in the field Tuesday, but had no specific number of hunters.

Lynne Stone, director of the Boulder White Clouds Council and a pro-wolf activist, didn't see much hunting activity either, but that didn't allay her concerns. "I just don't know how to deal with a state that doesn't realize wildlife has a purpose besides being shot," said Stone.

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