(BOISE, ID) – The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says killing more wolves and improving the conditions of northern Idaho forests are the key to reviving elk herds in the Clearwater River basin. Authorities say backcountry logging and controlled burns will allow younger forests to grow and will help alleviate noxious weeds. Still, the U.S. Forest Service says infestations in the Selway Zone may take decades to reverse. State lawmakers have proposed setting aside $2 million for better wolf management, which will amount to about $4,000 per wolf.
Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com
Bill Schiess, EastIdahoNews.com columnist