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Our website wolf information and photos are designed to educate residents and visitors alike about wolves. Also, to encourage more people to help keep wolf packs intact and enduring in the Boulders, White Clouds and all parts of their historic range.

Our main mission focuses on designating Wilderness in the Boulder-White Clouds. But, we have followed wolf restoration with keen interest since the early 1990's. We became more involved with the wolf issue in 2000, when the White Cloud Pack was killed because of conflicts with livestock.

Polls show that the majority of Idahoans support having wolves in our state. There are only a few places left in the world where wolves can exist.

Please join us in our efforts on behalf of this charismatic and incredible animal.


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Current News & Issues: Wolves

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Here’s a timeline of some key agency and legislative actions in recent years regarding wolves in the Northern Rockies.

1995  [Back to Top]
>January 1995
15 gray wolves captured in Alberta, Canada were released in Central Idaho. In March, 14 wolves were brought to Yellowstone Park.

1996  [Back to Top]
>January 1996
20 gray wolves from British Columbia were released in Central Idaho. In April, 17 wolves were brought to Yellowstone Park.

2001  [Back to Top]
The State of Idaho asks the federal government to remove wolves from the state by any means possible after the Idaho Legislature adopts House Joint Memorial No. 5.


2002  [Back to Top]
The Idaho Wolf Conservation and Management Plan (State Plan) was finalized by the Idaho Legislative Wolf Oversight Committee, amended and eventually approved by the Legislature. Wolf supporters view the Plan as a wolf control plan, rather than a conservation plan. Visit Idaho Fish & Game's website.

2005  [Back to Top]
>January 2005
USFWS Modification of the ESA 10(j) Rule to “allow more flexibility” to manage wolves.

2006  [Back to Top]
>January 2006
Idaho takes over management of gray wolves after USFWS approval of Idaho’s state wolf plan. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will now manage wolves.

2007  [Back to Top]
>February 2007
USFWS publishes in the Federal Register its proposed Final Rule Designating the Northern Rocky Mountain Population of Gray Wolf as a Distinct Population Segment and Removing This DPS from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. (PDF)

This Northern Rocky Population includes all of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, the eastern 1/3 of Oregon and Washington, and a small part of north-central Utah.

Hearings on the proposed final rule were held around Idaho.

>March 2007
Learn more and read BWCC's 2007 Delisting Alert.

>November 2007
The Draft Idaho Wolf Population Management Plan for 2008-2012 was released by IDFG for public comment.

>December 2007
When IDFG failed to schedule a hearing in pro-wolf Blaine County, elected officials stepped up and asked for one.

Learn More:

At the Hailey wolf hearing in December 2007, wolf supporters expressed that they would like a wolf plate on their vehicle, and the mock-ups below were offered for view. Blaine County leaders were receptive to like the idea, but thought the Idaho Legislature wouldn't be too enthused.

Mock Wolf Plates

Mock Wolf Plates

2008  [Back to Top]
>January 28, 2008
An ESA 10(j) rule modification that makes wolves easier to kill is published by USFWS in the Federal Register: Revision of Special Regulation for the Central Idaho and Yellowstone Area Nonessential Experimental Populations of Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains. (PDF)

The 10(j) rule now says that wolves can be shot when someone believes they are chasing, molesting or harassing livestock, packstock or guard dogs. Wolves can also be killed if authorities deem they are eating too many elk. Litigation from conservation groups on the revised 10(j) rule is pending.

Earthjustice will sue USFWS over the 10(j) rule. Read the Earthjustice Press Release.

>February 27, 2008
USFWS issues its 48-page Final Rule Designating the Northern Rocky Mountain Population of Gray Wolf as a Distinct Population Segment and Removing This DPS from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. Read the Fish & Wildlife Service Final Rule. (PDF)

Earthjustice files 60-day notice to sue on delisting. Read the notice to sue on delisting. (PDF)

>February 28, 2008
The Idaho Legislature approves Law 36-1107, which strips wolves of nearly any protection. 36-1107 says that a wolf can be killed if its molesting livestock or domestic animals. Molesting is defined as “annoying, disturbing or persecuting ... chasing, driving, flushing, worrying, following after or on the trail stalking or lying in wait for livestock or domestic animals.”

>March 6, 2008
Read the final IDFG Wolf Population Mgt Plan.

Poster by Rick Hobson, Boise, Idaho. © 2007.

>April 2008
IDFG proposes a wolf hunting season with an annual mortality number of 328 wolves through hunting and other means. In May the IDFG Commissioners boosted the number to 438.

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>July 18, 2008
U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy of Missoula, Montana, orders a preliminary injunction that immediately reinstates temporary ESA protection for gray wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains (NRM).

>September 2008
U.S. Dept. of Justice files a motion to the Federal District Court in Missoula, MT, requesting that the Feb. 28, 2008 NRM wolf delisting final rule be vacated and remanded back to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for further action and consideration.

Read more from the lawyers at Earthjustice.

>October 14, 2008
Judge Molloy vacates the final delisting rule and remands it back to USFWS. This ends the lawsuit by conservation groups and reestablishes full ESA protection for gray wolves in the NRM -- as much as the ESA 10(j) rule allows.

Read what Earthjustice has to say.

>October 28, 2008
The USFWS re-opened the public comment period on its delisting proposal for Northern Rocky Mountain gray wolves. USFWS’ latest delisting plan excludes Wyoming wolves since the Wyoming state management plan is inadequate to maintain minimum wolf numbers. This latest efffort by USFWS, is nearly the same flawed plan that's based on politics, rather than science, that Judge Donald Molloy rejected in July.

>November 6, 2008
IDFG Commissioners, grumpy that delisting was overturned by Judge Donald Molloy, therefore halting their plans for a massive wolf hunting season in Idaho, came up with "Wolf Management Directives". The directives order the Department (IDFG): "To develop and aggressively utilize all available tools and methods to control wolf-caused depredation of domestic livestock." Also, to use the ESA 10(j) Rule to "develop and aggressively utilize all available tools and methods to control wolves" in areas where wolves are claimed to be impacting elk. Read the Directives. (PDF)

>December 2008
Update on effect of ESA 10(j) rule: The 10(j) rule is responsible for scores of wolf deaths. In Idaho alone as of December 31, 2008, 94 wolves have been killed in agency control actions. This number does not include wolf pups that died of starvation after their lactating mothers were shot in April and May by order of IDFG. Another 57 wolves have died in Idaho by other means including being shot by ranchers. Wolves are still being killed almost daily. The 10(j) rule must be changed.


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