- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Wildlife officials say wolf pups were just a few weeks old when poachers took them from their den in Idaho and killed them.

The Spokesman-Review reports (http://bit.ly/29qfwzw ) that authorities have released few details about the poaching at the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, which is believed to have occurred during the week of May 16. The den was near a heavily used recreation area.

Defenders of Wildlife regional representative Suzanne Asha Stone says that while it’s illegal to hunt the pups on public land, there is a year-round hunting season on some private land 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.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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