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Wolf-kill bill for ranchers gets much debate; vote delayed to Wed.

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two sides are squaring off over a bill that lets Idaho ranchers hunt problem wolves from the sky using powered parachutes and helicopters. The Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee delayed till Wednesday a vote on the measure, which would also permit live-bait trapping of the predators ranchers say are ravaging their cattle and sheep. They could then get 60-day permits to pursue offending wolf packs. Bill sponsor Sen. Jeff Siddoway, a southeastern Idaho rancher, says wolves wreak tens of thousands of dollars in damage to livestock owners like him and the new tools may help stop the bleeding. But opponents say it's overkill. Idaho Conservation League representative Jonathan Oppenheimer worries wolves could be relisted as an endangered species as a result and Idaho could lose authority to manage its wolf population.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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