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Idaho bills would provide money for wolf control, compensation

BOISE — Two bills that would make more money available to control wolves and compensate producers in Idaho who have lost cattle to the predators are moving through the Idaho Legislature.
One is on the verge of passing while the other is under the gun with the session set to end March 29.

A bill introduced March 25 by Rep. Judy Boyle, a Republican rancher from Midvale, would increase the price of wolf tags in Idaho by $4 and use the money to create a fund that would compensate producers for losses suffered to wolf depredation.

Boyle expects the fund would raise about $175,000 annually. Wolf tags are currently $9.75.
Her legislation would also direct the Idaho Fish and Game Department to use $4 from every wolf tag sold to control wolf depredation on both livestock and wildlife.

“Any time you kill a wolf, you have helped a producer and you’ve helped the wildlife,” Boyle said…

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That last sentence says it all, doesn’t it? Killing wolves helps ranchers and somehow helps wildlife – not sure quite how that last part works, but I think helping ranchers is all they care about.

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