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Montana legislature supports bill to declare emergency for wolf management

[large thumbnail url=”montana-legislature-supports-bill-to-declare-emergency-for-wolf-management” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”04″ day=”08″] [thumbnail icon url=”montana-legislature-supports-bill-to-declare-emergency-for-wolf-management” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”04″ day=”08″] BOISE — Idaho senators Wednesday declared the gray wolf’s presence in the state a disaster emergency, following their peers in the House.

A bill passed with a 27-8 vote seeks to assert Idaho’s right to oversee its wildlife in what’s become a longstanding dispute over wolf management involving the federal government, neighboring states and lawsuits.

The legislation is fairly open-ended: Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter would have the power to, among other things, direct his Office of Species Conservation to initiate “emergency proceedings.” Otter could issue executive orders in response to threats to people, livestock, wildlife or businesses, noting the actions planned to resolve an issue such as contracting with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services.

Proponents have said the bill will allow Otter to enlist local law enforcement agents to help kill wolves…

Read the entire article on magicvalley.com:  Senate supports bill to declare emergency for wolf management

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