BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers have approved spending $400,000 to kill wolves.

The Spokesman-Review reports ( that the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee approved the money Tuesday for the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board.

The vote maintains the operating budget at the same level as the previous year for the five-member board created last year and operated under the governor's office.

Last year the board spent about $140,000 to kill 31 wolves between July 1 and Jan. 1 at a cost of about $4,500 per wolf.

Authorities recently announced the killing of another 19 wolves in February in northern Idaho.