Letters From the West

Wolf trappers catch deer, elk and other game

Idaho trappers caught 147 other animals in the 2011-2012 season when they trying to catch wolves and 69 died.

That’s what trappers told the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in a survey. Deer were the biggest problem with 45 caught and 12 killed.

Trappers also caught 18 elk and four moose. Only one elk died.

The killers are the snares. When a deer gets caught in a snare it goes wild and the snare tightens, killing the animal.

So far hunters have killed 245 wolves, a drop from the 379 that were taken the first season. Wolf hunting ends in most zones March 31, but continues in the Lolo and Selway zones through June 30.

Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America and co-producer of the movie Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone, which was inspired by the book and broadcast on A&E Network. He also co-authored the Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho and the Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho with Ken Retallic. He also was on the Statesman’s team that covered the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news in 2007. The National Wildlife Federation awarded him its Conservation Achievement Award.

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