Eye On Boise

Otter offers to send Kitzhaber 150 wolves

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has offered to send Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber 150 wolves, saying his own state has a few of the predators to spare. Monday's offer came in a tongue-in-cheek letter where Otter sarcastically apologized to Kitzhaber after an Idaho hunter killed a wolf from an Oregon pack that strayed across Idaho's border to the east. On Feb. 2, the Idaho hunter killed a brother of an Oregon wolf that became a celebrity by wandering hundreds of miles into Northern California seeking a mate. Otter, no fan of the mid-1990s wolf reintroduction to central Idaho, offered Kitzhaber "my sincerest apologies." Then, Otter said he'd have the Idaho Fish and Game Department round up another 150 wolves ― or any number Kitzhaber needed or was willing to take.

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