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Otter Ends Idaho’s Wolf Management

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter formally ended Idaho's management of wolves Monday. Otter told Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Idaho no longer will act as the federal government's "designated agent" for managing "your wolves" in the wake of a federal court decision returning the predator to the Endangered Species list. Otter directed the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to immediately refocus its efforts on protecting Idaho's deer, elk and moose. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will seek additional flexibility kill wolves, Otter said "so we can exercise our sovereign right to protect our wildlife"/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: What do you make of the move by Gov. Butch Otter to pull the state out of managing federally protected wolves?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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