December 16, 2010 in Region

Former Idaho candidate urges residents to kill wolves

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GRANGEVILLE, Idaho — A failed Idaho gubernatorial candidate has told a crowd they should take matters into their own and start killing wolves.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Rex Rammell spoke to a crowd of more than 100 Wednesday night in Idaho County, one of the only counties to support his primary bid against Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.

Rammell says county commissioners should declare an emergency that allows citizens to kill wolves on sight.

But, he adds, residents should organize a hunt and start killing wolves anyway even if no such order comes. He says he does not believe the sheriff, the state or federal authorities would interfere.

Wolves lost their endangered status in Montana and Idaho in 2009, but were returned to the endangered list this year following a lawsuit from environmentalists.

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