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Fri., Feb. 21, 2014, 10:37 a.m.

Wolf debate: ‘We have created enough boards in this body to build an ark’

In the continuing wolf debate in the House:

Rep. Ken Andrus, R-Lava Hot Springs, repeated his call to build a fence around Yellowstone National Park and put all the wolves in there. “We could see how nature takes care of its own, and the more I think about it the more I think we should do this,” he said. “I think it could be funded if we could put the idea out and got the plan. I think we would have donations from all over the United States and the world, to build this fence.”

Rep. Terry Gestrin, R-Donnelly, said, “I too was not too favorable of creating a new control board. But the sportsmen and the cattle industry stepped up. … Idaho now has the responsibility to manage those wolves, since the wolf plan was approved, and since this wolf was taken off the endangered species list.”

Rep. Lenore Barrett, R-Challis, said, “We have created enough boards in this body to build an ark, and maybe at some point in time, not later than sooner, we will need an ark.” But she said she’s leaning toward supporting the bill because it has a five-year expiration.

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