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Marty Jeers Wolf Hater Siddoway

JEERS ... to Idaho state Sen. Jeff Siddoway (pictured), R-Terreton. Along with using dogs and sheep as bait, Siddoway sought to give ranchers a free hand to kill wolves for 36 hours after an attack. After that, they'd need an Idaho Fish and Game permit. He also wanted to give ranchers authority to shoot wolves from an aircraft. Do that, his critics said, and you hand U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy an excuse to restore federal endangered species protection to Idaho's wolves. Molloy is no fan of the state program or the congressional rider U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., passed to bring it about.Countered Siddoway, "The argument that this would jeopardize delisting is wrong." Siddoway should know better. He's a former Idaho Fish and Game Commission member and has six years in the Senate under his belt/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. Marty's full Cheers & Jeers column here.

Question: Would Idaho lawmakers be wise at this point to leave wolf legislation alone for awhile?




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