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Utah Senate panel forces weakened version of proposed anti-wolf bill

[large thumbnail url=”utah-senate-panel-forces-weakens-version-of-proposed-anti-wolf-bill” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”28″] [thumbnail icon url=”utah-senate-panel-forces-weakens-version-of-proposed-anti-wolf-bill” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”28″] The original Christensen bill, which called for all wolves to be killed or captured within the state of Utah, has the state officials worried for their freedom and other legislatures concerned enough that a tamer¬†substitute bill was submitted and approved by the panel… which is only a minor improvement.

As reported previously on HOWLColorado, a Republican state senator has proposed a bill which would make Utah the worst state in the country for the welfare of wolves.

According to an article which appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune, SB36 – the bill sponsored by Allen Christensen (R-North Ogden) which wants all wolves within the borders of Utah either killed or captured and relocated – would put Division of Wildlife Resources Director Jim Karpowitz at risk of facing criminal charges.

SB36, sponsored by Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden, would create a dilemma for state officials, warned Division of Wildlife Resources Director Jim Karpowitz, who noted he could be subject to criminal charges if the bill passes.

“I’m not real big on the prospect of either state or federal prison,” he told the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee. “I’m just not sure this bill’s the way to go about it.”

This concern was voiced before a Senate committee, along with the concerns of wolf advocacy groups, and anti-wolf special interests. The conflict with the Endangered Species Act would have certainly put a halt to Christensen’s proposed bill.

The Deseret News is reporting that a tamer  bill was substituted. Read the substituted bill: SB 36 Substituted bill

In the end, objections about that legal conflict led Christensen to substitute a bill that calls for such management techniques in areas where wolves have been removed from the endangered species list, rather than statewide.

The revised proposal would require state wildlife officials to ask the federal government to capture or kill wolves found in protected areas.

Certainly tamer, but…

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah’s wolf plan, which was approved in 2005, allowed for the existance of two whole wolf packs in the entire state! This plan would appear to create a small issue of logistics based on how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service enforces the Endangered Species Act at this time.

In short, Utah is still remarkably intolerant of the presence of wolves in their state. But, for at least the next year, Christensen’s insane bill has been shelved.

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