Idaho lawmakers approve spending $400,000 for depredation board tasked with killing wolves


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BOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers have approved spending $400,000 to kill wolves.

The Spokesman-Review reports ( that the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee approved the money Tuesday for the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board.

The vote maintains the operating budget at the same level as the previous year for the five-member board created last year and operated under the governor's office.

Last year the board spent about $140,000 to kill 31 wolves between July 1 and Jan. 1 at a cost of about $4,500 per wolf.

Authorities recently announced the killing of another 19 wolves in February in northern Idaho.

Information from: The Spokesman-Review,

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