Eye On Boise

‘If wolves were eating children…’

"Pro-Life," right, formerly Marvin Richardson, speaks during a live gubernatorial debate in Boise on Thursday night; at left is Idaho Gov. Butch Otter. (Betsy Russell)

The candidates for governor have been clashing over water quality monitoring, and now about wolves. "Enough is enough," Otter declared, defending his decision to end state wolf management. Allred said Otter has been talking for 30 years about pushing back the federal government, but, "What has he ever done that actually accomplished that? ... He's got one tool in his toolkit, and that's to file federal lawsuits. ... We need to be taking destiny into our own hands and using effective tools for beating back federal control, and we need to do that by being able to monitor our own wolf population" to make the case for delisting.

Ted Dunlap said the wolves that were reintroduced into Idaho are "monsters." Pro-Life said, "When you're pro-life, you don't like wolves. ... I'm pretty much a vegetarian." He added, "I think the animals that are in Idaho belong to Idaho. ... I don't think the federal government should have anything to do with that."

Otter said the state's spent only $6,000 on its lawsuit over federal health care reform, $1,000 on its brief in the Arizona immigration lawsuit, $1,000 on slickspot peppergrass litigation and $1,000 on the appeal of the federal ruling re-listing wolves. Pro-Life said, "Well if wolves were eating children, I would do something."




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