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Fish and Game untrustworthy

Now we know that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Service is acting in cahoots with the Idaho Wolf Depredation Board and Idaho Fish and Game to keep the facts of their killing spree of wolves using helicopters secret from the public while spending our taxpayers’ money. They do not want the public to know how many wolves were killed nor the cost of this killing spree. Since IDF&G did report that there had not been a livestock kill since October the question arises how many cows would $400,000 buy?

Should taxpayers fund those helicopter joy rides into remote or wilderness areas that belong to predators to survive? I am sure that the pilots and shooters enjoyed the thrill of the hunt. About a month ago, IDF&G reported that during an elk collaring operation using helicopters in the Frank Church Wilderness, four wolves were collared accidentally because of “miscommunication.” Based on the latest information about those wolves collared, it is easy to believe that the collaring was intentional to eventually find and kill them along with other wolves from their packs.

IDF&G has become an utterly untrustworthy agency by withholding true information. Whoever is responsible for that should be fired.

Cecilia Nolthenius

Coeur d’Alene


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