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Edit: Rammell Left Idaho Too Soon

Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune cautions voters about the constitutional amendment guaranteeing Idahoans the right to hunt, fish & trap:

Sure, the proposed amendment marks all the appropriate boxes. The right to hunt, fish or trap does not trump private property rights. No trespassing is allowed. Water rights are preserved. The Legislature retains control over fish and game laws. And Idaho Fish and Game can suspend or revoke the hunting, fishing or trapping license of anyone who violates its rules.But how do you license a constitutional right? Who's to say when a state regulation or law infringes on somebody's constitutional right to hunt, fish or trap? Do you have a right to hunt, fish or trap if you can't afford the license and tags? What's the point of a constitutional right to hunt if seasons and zones are tightened down to the point that you're frozen out? Presumably the courts would resolve these questions as the amendment's authors anticipate - but maybe they won't. For every 10,000 Idahoans who respect a balance among competing rights and interests, there's a (Rex) Rammell looking for every advantage. So, why even raise this uncertainty? More here.

Question: Do you plan to vote for/against this constitutional amendment?

Trib: Wolf Trapping Photo Told Tale

As required, he placed his traps away from prohibited areas - such as campgrounds - to minimize conflicts. He used the appropriate traps. Bransford heeded a requirement that he check his traps at least every 72 hours. He attended Idaho Fish and Game's prerequisite wolf trapping class - which spells out how a trapper is obligated to dispatch his prey and what he should do if a non-targeted animal, such as a domestic dog, is caught. Bransford, an employee of Nez Perce National Forest, next trapped a wolf on March 18 along the Red River where wolf trapping is sanctioned. Then he did one more thing. It's unclear how long he waited to put the animal out of its misery. Before he did so, Bransford stopped long enough to be photographed with his prey caught in the trap, still alive and leaving a circle of blood-soaked snow. He was grinning. The snapshot went viral. Bransford crossed all kinds of fault lines/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Should trapping wolves be outlawed in Idaho?

Trapping Will Be Used Vs. Wolves

Trapping will be used to try to remove members of a wolf pack near Elk City and hunting outfitters working in Idaho's Lolo Elk Hunting zone will have another month to try to kill wolves there. Dave Cadwallader, supervisor of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game's Clearwater Region, said he approved the trapping effort after a wolf was killed by Idaho County deputies last weekend. Trappers from the federal Wildlife Services Agency will work with department officials, a landowner and the Idaho County Sheriff's Department to monitor the trap. In May, shortly after wolves were removed from federal protection, Cadwallader gave deputies authority to shoot wolves in and around the remote mountain hamlet/Eric Barker, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Should trapping be used to thin out Idaho wolf numbers?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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