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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

We were planning a trip to Idaho to view the wolves-now I find you are going to shoot them. I will take my family elsewhere.

I left the gov a message...I hope he personally hears it...

Governor Otter, I respectfully ask you to reconsider your support and personal hunting of wolves in Idaho. I understand that you're concerned about the elk population and fear that the wolves won't leave enough elk for hunters. I can tell you that in a state that doesn't have wolves(regretfully so) that there is an overpopulation of elk which resulted in the herd in and around Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park being thinned and killed. Now don't you think that it's better to leave the natural balance which has been restored..rather than to have a replay of man taking it away as was the case in the past by hunting and killing the wolves in Idaho. I certainly do. I will not be buying any products from Idaho until I hear that you've changed your outlook. Thank you for your time.

Wolves have been a nobel Hunter and scared animal to almost all the Indian tribes through out the United States.I truly respect them and honestly do not think of the killing of a Wolf as atrophy is a good idea,I believe if they are truly over populatede they should be live trapped and moved to diffrent areas as is being done with bears and other animals,The wolf only kills for food I have studied the wolf in and out of school.Have seen them in the wild and in captivity. I have watched many documentaries and feel someone is doing something to say the least wrong in saying the wolves are killing your livestock. Yours truly Robert

Butch Otter is an incompetent moron!

SIR: HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT OUR PLANET EARTH IS IN DIRE STRAITS? HAVE YOU LOOKED AT THE 'EXTINCT SPECIES' LIST LATELY? ARE YOU NOT AT ALL INTERESTED IN PRESERVING THOSE CREATURES WHICH WE HAVE LEFT? THIS IIS NOT SOME VIDEO GAME, WHERE ONE CAN START OVER...THIS IS REAL AND I, FOR ONE, DEPLORE YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE KILLING OF WOLVES. TO "RESPECT" MEANS TO CARE FOR, TO TO SEE TO THE WELL BEING OF,TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF - AT THE VERY LEAST. I BEG YOU, WHOLEHEARTEDLY, TO RECONSIDER THIS UNTIMELY MASS SLAUGHTER OF A SPECIES WHICH IS 'ON THE BRINK', AT BEST. THANK YOU

A guy was trying to cross the border to get into the United States. The border patrol would not let him through without a passport. The guy said, "I lost my passport but I am an american & I can prove it. I have a tatoo of Barack Obama on My right butt cheek & one of George Bush on the left." The border guard said, "Pull down your pants & let me see." Then he said, "Ok, you can cross & go back to Idaho." The man said "Thanks, but how do you know I'm from Idaho?" The border guard said "You got an image of Obama on the right side of your butt, George Bush on the left & right in the middle is Idaho's Governor, Bush Otter!"

this man named Mr Otter, is (if we should give him that much respect), is a hunter mad about the population of the elk for his hunt, he has to take it out on the population of the wolves. We are talking packs with off spring that will be murdered for a mere 11.75 cents.... This man cares about no one but himself, and the pack of others that follow him... On Tuesday we must put a stop to this mayham, and with force go out and save a wolf from slaughter....

I am appalled at the casual attitude toward murdering our fellow creatures. Have you not looked at the endangered species' list lately? Are you not aware of the fragile balance of earth's ecosystems? We no longer need to be a hunter-gatherer society and nature will take care of her own - and better without the interference of man. I will not buy another product from Idaho, as I do not buy Canadian products until the clubbing of baby seals is banned, as long as you condone the murder of these majestic animals.

Leave the wolves alone Sir!!!!!!

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