Saturday, March 12, 2016

Idaho's Wolves

 Idaho's finance committee just approved using another $400,000 in taxpayer money to kill wolves.
This is the third year they've allocated this much money, but they haven't used most of the money in past years.

In the winter of 2013/2014 the state hired a professional to snare two wolf packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in order to artificially boost elk populations. Wilderness, as defined by the National Park Service, is supposed to be "an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man...which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural conditions." 

 Politicians have written the "Wolf Control Board" funding so that the money can ONLY be used for "lethal control" of wolves. None of the money can be used to help ranchers implement nonlethal, proactive deterrents to protect their livestock from wolves, or to compensate ranchers for any losses due to wolves.

If Idaho really wants to help ranchers deal with wolves, they could put that money towards training wildlife conflict specialists, providing ranchers with tools to successfully live alongside wolves and wildlife, or compensating livestock producers for livestock attacked by wolves.

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