SPOKANE, Washington — Wildlife officials say poachers took some newborn wolf pups from their Idaho den and killed them.
The Spokesman-Review reports (http://bit.ly/29qfwzw) the pups were just a few weeks old.
Authorities believe poachers killed them sometime during the week of May 16 in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. The den was near a heavily used recreation area.
Defenders of Wildlife regional representative Suzanne Asha Stone says it’s illegal to hunt the pups on public land, but some private land has a year-round hunting season with no age limits. Her organization has lobbied for changes to protect pups.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says those regulations help landowners address wolf-livestock conflicts and wolves that get habituated to people.
Information from: The Spokesman-Review,http://www.spokesman.com