01/10/2013 11:56 EST | Updated 03/12/2013 05:12 EDT

Wolf Hunting In Okanagan Permitted

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KELOWNA, B.C. - The B.C. government says there's no limit on the number of wolves hunters can kill in the North Thompson region.

Fish and wildlife manager Jeff Morgan says the no-limit policy starting in August is not a threat to the wolf population, given the terrain and how difficult it is to bag a wolf.

He says the region is mountainous with thick forest so the risk of killing too many wolves is low.

Meanwhile, wolf hunting is being opened in the Okanagan for the first time in decades, but there's a limit of three each hunter can kill.

Government wildlife biologist Brian Harris says the number of wolf packs in the Okanagan has grown in the decades since the creatures were almost wiped out.

He says while hunters can apply for licences to shoot or trap up to three wolves, it's extremely difficult to shoot wolves, so he believes the harvest will be very low. (CHNL,CKFR)

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