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Idaho Governor Supports Killing Gray Wolves

posted on January 12, 2007


Idaho's governor said Thursday he will support public hunts to kill all but 100 of the state's gray wolves after the federal government strips them from protection under the Endangered Species Act. Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter told the Associated Press that he wants hunters to kill about 550 gray wolves, which according to state wild life officials would leave about 100 wolves, or 10 packs.

Otter complained that wolves are rapidly killing elk and other animals essential to Idaho's multimillion-dollar hunting industry. The 100 surviving wolves would be the minimum before they could once again be considered endangered.

Wolves were reintroduced to the northern Rocky Mountains a decade ago after being hunted to near-extinction. More than 1,200 now live in the region.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to start removing federal protections for gray wolves in Montana and Idaho in the next few weeks.

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