[large thumbnail url=”proposed-bill-aims-to-make-utah-worst-state-in-the-country-for-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”25″] [thumbnail icon url=”proposed-bill-aims-to-make-utah-worst-state-in-the-country-for-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”25″] Allen Christensen, state senator for Utah from District 19 has proposed a bill which would call for the extermination or capture of any wolf found within the borders of Utah.
In a move which is sure to put the small state senator at odds with the Federal government, Christensen has proposed a “wolf-management” plan which would seek to remove – through capture or destruction – any wild wolf found within the borders of Utah.
Opponents are convinced the bill is, at least, unconstitutional. However the senator has said that he has the private funding necessary to fight for his bill all the way up to the Supreme Court – which seems likely to rule in favor of the Federal government and the Endangered Species Act, which would prohibit Utah from managing wolves in the proposed way.
However, the public opinion battle may well be the bigger target of Christensen – though he denies it. The Republican state senator from North Ogden says the bill is “for real.” However, it seems likely – despite his protestations – that he has chosen a controversial topic to take a stand on both to impress his more rural constituents and and draw some attention to himself.
The legislative review of the bill quickly states:
bill has a high probability of being held to be unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause to the United States Constitution because federal law and regulations prohibit conduct allowed by this bill.
You can read the entire bill: S.B. 0036 – Wolf management
If you have the desire to express your opinion (particularly if you live in Utah), then Allen – according to his own website – would love to hear from you.