Rancher-senator backs Otter's wolf control board

Rancher-senator backs Otter's wolf control board

Rancher-senator backs Otter's wolf control board

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 2:30 PM

BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho senator who ranches sheep is promoting Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's proposed wolf population control panel, saying the $2 million the Republican governor has set aside will boost livestock and elk herds.

Sen. Jeff Siddoway of Terreton told the Idaho Falls Post Register Tuesday (http://tinyurl.com/pptms6d) "anything that reduces the wolf population is good."

Siddoway has been behind many of the recent wolf control measures the Legislature has considered.

In 2012, he pushed a failed measure to let livestock owners pursue problem wolves from powered parachutes or even use their own pets to lure predators into a rifle's scope.

Otter's proposal foresees a five-member state board, including state agriculture and wildlife officials, along with ranching, hunting and wolf advocacy representatives, to help manage wolves, which now number 680 in Idaho.
 

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