Idaho and Montana wolves are off the endangered species list. Wolf hunting to resume come fall.
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Wolves are in the news. Idaho wolves in particular. According to the Idaho state Governor, they are in a state of emergency regarding the rise of the wolf population. Are there too many wolves? Should wolves be de-listed and allowed to be hunted? Should they remain protected? Can the State legally get around Federal protections to implement their own wolf population control plan? Do wolves actually pose a threat to humans? If not, what kind of threat does the wolf pose, if any? Questions like these and more are part of the hot debate.
I’ve been fascinated by all the coverage. No matter what side of fence you’re on, it’s a topic that is very important to the folks of Idaho. Clearly, something needs to be done. But what?
Take a look at some of the wolf coverage below to give you some more background on the issue:
The above video from Idaho Public Television does a good job of capturing many sides of the issue. It’s over 20 minutes long but in my opinion, a well worthy education on wolves in Idaho.
More from ABC 7:
“The governor of Idaho is considering whether to declare a “wolf disaster,” as lawyers in federal courts wrangle over the future of the state’s wolves.”
More on the Idaho Wolf:
Bellingham Herald – New federal budget deal includes provision to delist wolves
New American – Wolf Danger: Idaho Lawmakers Pass Emergency Measure [Check out the links about first hand Wolf encounters towards the bottom of the article]
Local Idaho Wolf issue coverage by fellow outdoor blogger Chris Burget from Bulls and Beavers
As an avid hunter and conservationist, I think you all know where I stand on this.