Idaho Fish and Game release Elk Management Plan for Idaho

LEWISTON, ID - For the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, it's in with the new and out with the old, as the seven-member commission adopted a new elk management plan.

The plan identifies factors that are limiting elk population in each zone of the state and comes up with strategies to address those concerns. In the plan are aggressive efforts to reduce wolf populations, as well as re-building habitats.

Regional Wildlife Biologist Dave Koehler said the plan's divided up by zones because the problems are different in each part of the state.

"Some back country areas and predation is taking a major toll on elk, and some other areas elk populations are expanding yet and causing damage to agriculture crops," said Koehler. "So there it's a very different situation."

Idaho Fish and Game has been monitoring habitat, predators and social factors for years before releasing this plan. Comments from the public also played a role in their decisions. These guidelines will be in effect for at least ten years.