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Governor: Idaho won’t manage wolves

[large thumbnail url=”governor-idaho-won’t-manage-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”10″ day=”20″] [thumbnail icon url=”governor-idaho-won’t-manage-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”10″ day=”20″] Almost two weeks after the deadline that Gov. Butch Otter set for a wolf management agreement, the governor is making good on his threat to withdraw state support for federal management efforts.

the federal government,” Otter wrote in an Oct. 18 letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “I am directing the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to immediately refocus its efforts on protecting our ungulate herds.”

Otter’s threats to withdraw state support have been called a “political move” by wolf advocates, who state that Otter is using wolf management as a tool late in an election year.

“This defiant move is exactly the kind of Wild West political chicanery that will appeal a broad population base right before an election,” said Garrick Dutcher, spokesman for Ketchum-based advocacy group Living with Wolves.

The language in Otter’s letter consistently refers to “enumerated powers” and the “sovereign right” of the state to protect wildlife. It opens by using wolves as an example of what Otter said has gone wrong with the federal government…

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