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Idaho pushes forward bill to protect hunter identities

[large thumbnail url=”idaho-pushes-forward-bill-to-protect-hunter-identities” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”02″ day=”25″] [thumbnail icon url=”idaho-pushes-forward-bill-to-protect-hunter-identities” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”02″ day=”25″] An Idaho committee has voted to accept a bill which would protect the identities of hunters after those who shot wolves during the 2009 hunting season received harrassing calls and e-mails.

Hunters will be extended additional protections in Idaho if Bill HO531 passes and gets signed in to law. The bill was proposed by Rep. Judy Boyle (R-Midvale) and co-sponsored in both the House and Senate by seven other state republicans. The House Resources and Conservation Committee approved the bill to continue on Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010. 

The bill seeks to protect the identities of hunters by providing for the confidentiality of certain information relating to Idaho Fish and Game licenses, permits and tags.

The reason? Apparantly, Idaho hunters who shot wolves received harrassing phone calls and e-mails.

However, according to an article  appearing on Idahoreporter.com, the Idaho Allied Daily Newspapers are saying the bill goes too far. They say the bill’s proposed protections would hamper the ability of a news writer to verify facts for certain stories.

Dustin Hurst’s article continues to quote a lobbyist for the group as saying: “It’s like going after a gnat with a sledgehammer.”

The bill also makes it illegal to “Harrass, intimidate, or threaten by any means including, but not limited to, personal or written contact, or via telephone, e-mail or website, any person who is or was engaged in the lawful taking or control of fish or wildlife.”

The fine for breaking this law could be as high as $2,500 or imprisonment for as long as six months. Wonder if they will use that to try and control wolf-advocacy websites?

You can read the entire bill’s text here: House Bill  No. 531

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