COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in northern Idaho are proposing hunters be allowed to use bait to kill more wolves as a way to bolster elk numbers in the Panhandle region.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Fish and Game officials also want to expand hunting for bears and cougars to kill more of those predators.

Wayne Wakkinen of Fish and Game says the agency is developing a predator management plan for the Panhandle region with the goal of increasing elk calf survival.

Wildlife managers say calf ratios should be 30 per 100 cows, but that aerial surveys have found ratios have dropped to the teens and low 20s in some areas.