The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward after a male wolf which wandered through central Idaho was found shot to death in Camas County. The wolf, known as B-57, was dead for several weeks before being recovered in the Willow Creek drainage near a popular hunting road. The tribe's aerial monitoring indicated he last was seen alive Nov. 7. "We are currently investigating several promising leads in this case,'' Fish and Wildlife special agent Paul Weyland said. "The killing of an animal protected under the Endangered Species Act is punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 and one year in jail.'' The 3-year-old male was an extremely large black wolf weighing more than 130 pounds. He had dispersed from the Thunder Mountain pack near McCall and recently joined the Smokey Mountain pack in the Fairfield area. The Defenders of Wildlife conservation group has contributed another $2,000 to the fund. "Whoever did this isn't just a criminal, but a coward to boot,'' said Bob Ferris, the group's vice president. The service asks anyone with information about the shooting or noted suspicious behavior in the Willow-Beaver Creek areas between Nov. 7 and Nov. 23 to call.
The Idaho Transit Coalition, which includes the tribe, has received $3.5 million in new transportation funding for the state. The money will help expand service or replace buses and vans in Boise, Ada County and around the state. The Ada County Commuteride program and Boise State University netted the largest amount, commitments for more than $2.3 million. Nine local government agencies banded together to make a single grant application and is looking for more partners in preparing a 2002 application. Chuck Winder, chairman of the Idaho Transportation Department board, called the funding welcome and overdue. It has been a struggle for us for a number of years. We're basically a very small community growing into a very large community very fast." The coalition came together last year to pursue a grant application and share the expense of getting it through congress. Other partners include the Latah Council on Aging and Human Services, Lewiston, College of Southern Idaho and Pocatello.