Group wants lethal traps banned in Idaho wolverine habitat
BOISE, Idaho — An environmental group is asking Idaho officials to prosecute a trapper who killed a wolverine and ban lethal traps in areas inhabited by wolverines, but state officials say they will do neither.
The Center for Biological Diversity made the request Tuesday in a letter to Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore.
The group also sent a copy to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is considering federal protections for wolverines.
The group says documents obtained through a public records request show Fish and Game investigators reported the snare that killed the wolverine in December lacked a required device intended to prevent the killing of non-targeted species.
Fish and Game spokesman Roger Phillips says wildlife officials have discretion when it comes to prosecuting possible violations.