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BOISE -- The Idaho Legislature has passed a bill to create a state board that will work to control the growth of wolf populations in the state.

The measure, known as House Bill 470, was passed Thursday on the final day of the session.

The bill creates a $400,000 fund that the board will use to reduce conflicts between wolves and wildlife or livestock. The money comes from fees on sportsmen and the livestock industry.

Gov. C.L. Butch Otter is expected to sign the bill into law. Otter had sought $2 million in the wolf fund.

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