Idaho’s governor, ‘Butch’ Otter signs a bill to create a Wolf Control Board for the purpose of reducing the wolf population. The bill appropriates $400,000 from general tax dollars for the board and will be supplemented by $110,000 from the Idaho Fish and Game and $110,000 from the livestock industry annually
In June of 2013, the agency has proposed to remove the gray wolf from the list of threatened and endangered species. Many organizations hotly contest this proposal, claiming recovery is not complete and the delisting is premature.
In one year, nearly 50 percent of Idaho’s wolves have been killed. Wyoming announces a shoot-on-sight policy in more than 80 percent of the state, any time of year, no license required. Montana triples its hunting quota and introduces a wolf-trapping season.
Via a rider attached to the federal budget, Congress removes wolves from endangered species protection in the Northern Rockies. A lone wolf, known as OR-7, crosses from Oregon into California, the first in more than 80 years.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes removing the northern Rocky Mountain wolf population from the endangered species list. Three months later, the Service receives a letter from 247 independent scientists opposing the proposal and stating that the wolf population is too small to maintain long-term genetic viability.
A federal mandate allows livestock owners in Montana and Idaho, with no permit required, to kill wolves threatening their livestock. State and tribal agencies can also kill wolves to protect their elk and deer herds.