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Eye On Boise wolves archive

MONDAY, AUG. 31, 2009

Genetics part of wolf debate 

One concern raised by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy raised when he issued the 2008 injunction stopping wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana was the lack of evidence of genetic mixing between the wolf populations in the various states. "I don't think he was provided...

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Could be days or weeks?

Jenny Harbine, attorney with Earthjustice, the environmental law firm that's representing the conservation groups that sued over wolf delisting, said of today's court proceedings, "Well, obviously we didn't get a ruling, and the judge stated that he would issue a ruling expeditiously. We don't know...

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Idaho offers wolf arguments on the fly

Get this: Idaho wasn't supposed to be allowed to offer any oral arguments this morning at the wolf hearing in Missoula, but U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy surprised officials from Idaho and Montana this morning by shifting gears at the last minute, and agreeing to...

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MONDAY, AUG. 24, 2009

Why Butch didn't show up

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has been saying for two years that he wanted to be the first to bid on an Idaho wolf hunting tag, but today, when unlimited sales of the tags opened at Fish & Game offices around the state, at vendors and...

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Defenders: 'It depends what happens Monday'

The court hearing in Missoula next Monday before U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy, on a possible injunction to block the impending first-ever wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana this fall, is following rather swiftly after the 13 groups that earlier sued in federal court over...

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Wolf tags sold so far: 4,196 

Here's the 4:45 p.m. total of wolf hunting tags sold today in Idaho: 4,196, of which 61 were to non-residents. All the rest went to Idaho hunters. There's no limit on the tags, and they continue to be sold both at vendors like sporting good...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 22, 2009

The backup plan for wolf hunt

Idaho Fish & Game will start selling tags for the state's first wolf hunt on Monday at 10 a.m., but it does have a backup plan in case opponents win a court injunction to block the hunt: If an injunction comes through, tag-buyers who haven't...

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MONDAY, AUG. 17, 2009

Guv won't need to bid on wolf tag...

In 2007, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter told cheering, camouflage-bedecked hunters at a snowy rally on the Statehouse steps, "I'm prepared to bid for that first ticket to shoot a wolf myself." But it turns out no bidding is necessary - for Idaho's first public wolf...

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Otter: 'We support the decision'

Gov. Butch Otter, through spokesman Jon Hanian, had this reaction to the Fish & Game Commission's decision today to have hunters go after 25 percent of Idaho's wolves: "We support the decision that was made by the commissioners today, and the governor has supreme and...

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Commissioner: Wolves not easy to bag 

Panhandle region Fish & Game Commissioner Tony McDermott said wolves are not easy to hunt, and though the commission has set a quota allowing up to 220, or 25 percent, of Idaho's wolves to be shot by hunters starting in September, "We'll be lucky to...

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Idaho targets 25% of wolves for hunt

Idaho will start selling tags next Monday for its first-ever public wolf hunt, to give hunters from both inside and outside the state a shot at up to 220 of Idaho's wolves, or about 25 percent. Idaho's Fish and Game Commission set the numbers for...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009

Gov. Butch Otter addresses the Idaho Press Club on Friday morning. While he was answering questions from reporters, he was handed a note by a staffer, and announced that wolves would be delisted in Idaho within the hour. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Wolves are getting de-listed 

"The Interior Department will announce the de-listing of wolves in Idaho and Montana within thre hour - Wyoming is not included," Gov. Butch Otter just told the Idaho Press Club. Asked by reporters for his reaction, Otter leaned his head back and howled like a...

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