A new $2 million wolf control fund is among Gov. Butch Otter’s proposals for the coming year. The state funding would be one-time, and legislation would call for the state’s cattle industry and sportsmen also to contribute to the fund. “One form of growth we don’t want to encourage is in the wolf population that was imposed on Idaho almost 20 years ago,” Otter declared. “With your unflinching support, we were able to fight through the opposition of those who would make Idaho into a restricted-use wildlife refuge and take back control of these predators from our federal landlords. We’re managing them now, and they’re a trophy hunting species. But the population is still growing, and our resources remain at risk.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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