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Rockies wolf pack grows 10/6/2006
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - About 1,200 wolves now roam the Northern Rockies - more than half of them in Idaho's mountains - according to a preliminary report by state, federal and tribal wildlife managers.

The midyear count, considered a conservative number, found the number of gray wolves in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming has grown 20 percent so far this year. The count could change after another survey this winter, managers said.

The report said there are 1,229 wolves representing 158 packs, with 87 potential breeding pairs. That's up from the end of 2005 when there were an estimated 1,000 wolves, with just more than 500 in Idaho, The Lewiston Tribune reported.

Now, Idaho is estimated to have 650 wolves, while Montana has 270 and Wyoming 309.

The wolves, reintroduced into the region in the mid-1990s, exceed the recovery goals set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but remain listed as a protected species.