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Protect Idaho's Wolves

August 20, 2009 | Wolves

Please don't buy potatoes grown in Idaho until this state's violence against wolves stops.

Contact: Gov. Butch Otter or call Gov. Otter at 208-334-2100 to sound off.

Governor, respecting wolves and hating them isn't the same.

Gov. Otter prepares to buy wolf tag and hunt this fall

The Idaho Statesman.com

By Rocky Barker

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter endorsed the 220-wolf limit set by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and repeated his vow to go wolf hunting this fall.

The commission set the number lower than Idaho hunters and lawmakers had been pushing for in a effort to avoid an injunction that would stop the season by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy. Defenders of Wildlife said after the decision it would ask Molloy to stop the hunt while he decides on the lawsuit it and other groups have filed asking to put wolves in Idaho and Montana back on the Endangered Species list. (cont.)

"I understand the commission's conservative and thoughtful action that they took because obviously we want to demonstrate we can manage them," Otter said. "We also want to find out if we can manage them with our hunter community."

Otter made national news in January of 2007 when he told a group of Idaho hunters on the Capitol steps, "I'm prepared to bid for the first ticket to shoot a wolf myself." He said Wednesday in an interview he planned to buy an $11.75 tag along with thousands of Idaho hunters.

Otter said he shares the concerns of hunters that wolves are reducing elk populations in the state but he urged them to hold their anxieties in check.

"I believe that the fact we're going to have a hunting season is important," Otter said. "We're going to be given a chance in this hunting season to demonstrate that we can be responsible and the feds are not going to have to come in and manage."

Otter urged wolf advocates to remember how far the wolf population has come and the promises they made to westerners when they pushing reintroduction in the early 1990s. The original goal set in 1994 was 10 packs in each of three states or about 120 wolves.

"We exceeded their proposed numbers and they were the ones that set those numbers, we didn't," Otter said. "In fact our number in 94 was zero."

Now wolves exceed 1,000 in Idaho alone and they have migrated as far away as Colorado as well as to all of the states surrounding Idaho.

Otter plans to hunt elk and deer in the Lime Creek drainage near his Pine cabin and around the Lemhi County hunting camp of his friend, Department of Administration director, Mike Gwartney.

"They've spotted a lot of wolves so I suspect that as we go headed out for elk camp we'll make sure that everyone that wants one has a wolf tag," Otter said.

Otter said for many hunters, wolves will be respected as a trophy, which is what the state designates them. That respect will grow over time.

"I think everybody respects them," Otter said. "You can still hate them and respect their cunning and their place in nature.

"I'm not real fond of rattlesnakes but I understand their place in the system."

For the full interview read Thursday's Idaho Statesman.

Comments

Boycott Idaho! They also make WINE so, watch wine labels from Sawtooth Winery in Idaho. I called markets and fast food and many other restaurants asking them not to buy anything from Idaho. McDonalds will not tell me where they buy for their french fry's so, I told them I will not buy from them. There is a lot of electronics also produced in Idaho. Hopefully, their tourism will suffer. Boycott as much as we can from Idaho. This is going to be a bloodbath starting in 2 days, all the other countries in Idaho, open for this wolf hunt. We will see proud Idaho trophy hunters holding up dead wolves and their haunting smiles, blood dripping on their shoes so proud to be a killer. Idaho needs to learn that there are Americans that will not stand for senseless killing of animals. The government does not care, which just means, those of us that do, have to work harder.

What is wrong w/these people? these animal were here long before the farmers ,or the killer hunters.. I will never buy or eat another Idaho potato

Me and my partner was thinking of coming to Idaho to come and see the Wolves, we live in England. We will boycott this place until they change their policy, as we have no intention of spending our hard earned money here!

Hello Everyone, What really shocks me is the amount of misinformation and flat out lies most of you have heard and ran with it with our your own research. Fist off the reintroduction of wolves was classified as a Nonessential Experimental Population. And do I think that there is some validity, YES. I do, and I live in north central Idaho, and that flat out pisses off a lot of people I know because I believe in moderation of everything. Not only that these animals were created for a reason and purpose, and they serve that purpose with utmost proficiency, they do their thing beautifully, as horrid as that may sound. But here are a couple reasons I believe in population management, aka hunting. First off is the catastrophic drop in wild game populations in the entire area, And not only do these wild game provide good meat, food, but provide a whole ton of economic support in this area. These people are guides, owners of hunting/fishing equipment stores, and of course or government makes sure to take their share(of course). Another issue is livestock, wolves can be flat out devastating to a ranchers living, remember the livestock that wolves kill these farmers loose that money instead of taking care of their families. Now that also brings up how our government was/is paying for these loses, like our nation isn't in enough debt... seriously. The last issue I will mention is human endangerment, In very rural communities, as we live in or near woods in all of Idaho this can create a problem. Not saying you have always have to kill the animals, there are ways to run the animals off without shooting them to kill. I don't know about others, but I'm pretty sure that their like most dogs, if you have cats and a neighbor will do nothing about their dog attacking your cats shoot the darn thing with a strong bb gun in the rear, yea it will hurt the dog like hell, but it will neither kill or seriously wound the animal, and it usually don't take more than two shots for it to learn. And yes I believe wolves are smart and catch on quickly in residential like areas. And yes, I would love good feedback. If you think I'm wrong on something here please say so I always want to expand my horizons. Thank you, Shane Wynhoff

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