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Eye On Boise wolves archive

THURSDAY, DEC. 16, 2010

TUESDAY, DEC. 7, 2010

Otter on wolves: Negotiations still on

Here is a statement from Jon Hanian, press secretary for Gov. Butch Otter, on the wolf de-listing negotiations between Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior:“The Governor was encouraged to hear that Secretary Salazar continues to share our belief that wolves are...

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MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010

Wolf meeting: 'A path forward'

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter joined Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal and U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar at a meeting this morning in Lakewood, Colo. to discuss the status of wolf management in the three states - a meeting Salazar called. Afterward, the...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 21, 2010

Otter disputes Allred's wolf comments

"I disagree with my opponent’s definition of sovereignty and his idea about the state's role," Gov. Butch Otter said today in response to Democratic challenger Keith Allred's statements about wolves at a press conference this morning. "State sovereignty to me isn’t managing a federally protected...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20, 2010

Otter reverses self, says don't shoot 

In perhaps the weirdest news yet on the wolf front this week, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter late yesterday reversed himself on comments he'd made to the Associated Press a day earlier about whether people ought to shoot wolves. Here's the AP news item on the...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 19, 2010

'Lot of anger and angst out there' 

Here's a link to our full story on Gov. Butch Otter's decision yesterday to back away from wolf management in Idaho, turning that task over to federal authorities. In practical terms, Monday’s pronouncement means state employees won’t monitor wolf populations, investigate suspicious or illegal killings...

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MONDAY, OCT. 18, 2010

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Monday talks about his decision to back away from state management of wolves, leaving the job to federal authorities. The governor talked with the media at the Boise Center on the Grove in downtown Boise. (Betsy Russell)

Otter on wolves: 'Nothing else has worked' 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter spoke out tonight about his decision today to pull the state out of wolf management, shifting that authority to federal officials. Asked his response to opponent Keith Allred's charge that by doing so, he's yielding Idaho's state sovereignty to the feds,...

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Allred: Otter wolf decision 'reckless'

Keith Allred, the Democratic challenger to Gov. Butch Otter, has issued a statement calling Otter's move today to withdraw the state from wolf management "reckless," and saying, "Butch Otter just gave away more state power to the federal government. We need to be asserting our...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 1, 2010

TUESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2010

Crapo, Risch introduce wolf delisting bill

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's U.S. senators introduced a measure to lift Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in Idaho and Montana, as well as portions of Washington, Oregon and Utah. The bill Idaho Republicans Mike Crapo...

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MONDAY, AUG. 30, 2010

Wyoming won't change stance on wolves 

Wyoming has no plans to alter its stance on wolf management - classifying the animals as predators that can be shot on sight across most of the state - despite a court ruling that Wyoming's position means wolves are again on the endangered list and...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 24, 2010

Risch, Crapo urge U.S. wolf appeal

Idaho Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo have sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar urging him to appeal a federal court decision placing wolves back on the endangered species list, which they call a "most unfortunate decision." The two ask...

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MONDAY, AUG. 16, 2010

F&G Commission: 'Pursue all options'

Fish & Game commissioners have approved a resolution to call for an appeal of the federal court decision putting wolves back on the endangered species list; calling for working with the governor and Idaho's congressional delegation on legislation addressing the issue; pursuing all available management...

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FWS to Idaho: 'We're in this with you'

Robin Thorson, regional director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, closed her presentation to Idaho's Fish & Game Commission on wolves today with this comment: "It's not just words. We are in this with you, until you're back to delisting - you earned it."

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U.S. FWS to add Boise employee on wolves

Idaho Fish & Game Commission Chairman Wayne Wright said on wolves, "Idaho's plan didn't fail, but yet the process did fail us." He questioned whether the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service bore some "responsibility" or "culpability" for that. Robin Thorson, FWS regional director, said the...

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No decision yet on possible wolf appeal

Idaho Fish & Game Commissioner Tony McDermott of Sagle said he's been hearing from "frustrated sportsmen," and he told Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Director Robin Thorson, "I'm not sure your federal rule failed, I think it was maybe the federal justice system and one...

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Fish & Game opens wolf meeting

Idaho's Fish & Game Commission was supposed to meet today to set wolf-hunting seasons, but since a federal judge re-listed wolves on the endangered species list, that's off the table; instead, the commission's agenda at its Idaho Falls meeting today includes a proposal to kill...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 13, 2010

THURSDAY, AUG. 5, 2010

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