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Idaho Governor reversal: Don’t shoot wolves

[large thumbnail url=”idaho-governor-reversal-dont-shoot-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”10″ day=”15″] [thumbnail icon url=”idaho-governor-reversal-dont-shoot-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”10″ day=”15″] Governor “Butch” Otter announced that Idaho would no longer handle wolf management, and then told the Associated Press that federal law allows hunters to shoot wolves they see pursuing elk or moose – which is not true.

Otter announced his reversal, warning hunters not to shoot wolves which are chasing big game animals, presumably after being told that to shoot a wolf in that situation would be a violation of federal law.

The “confusion” came apparantly from the misconception Otter has that elk and moose are Idaho’s “livestock” and that hunters should be able to protect them much as a livestock owner can protect their sheep or cattle – something which federal law does permit.

Obviously, only Butch sees elk and moose this way so he warned hunters, a day later, not to shoot wolves chasing their prey or risk federal prosecution.

I am a little confused, to be honest. Some say this is political gesturing, but this misstep seems far more like ignorance.

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