Idaho politics: Otter prepared to walk away from wolf management

Gov. Butch Otter wants the federal government to draw up a new agreement giving the state a role in wolf management.

And if the feds don't come up with a plan, and soon, Otter says he is prepared to break off negotiations.

Otter met Tuesday with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

“We will keep working with the Interior Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the coming weeks to craft an agreement outlining the state’s role in wolf management, providing additional flexibility for addressing depredation, and committing enough federal funding to cover wolf management,” Otter said today. "But if we don’t reach an agreement within a reasonable time — we’ve set Oct. 7 as a deadline — the state will no longer participate as a designated agent for monitoring, providing law enforcement support or investigating wolf deaths in Idaho.”

Here's the full news release:

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter said today that his meeting with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar this week was aimed at quickening the pace of efforts to address the devastating impact of wolves on Idaho’s elk, deer and livestock and restoring State management over hundreds of wolves now roaming Idaho.

“We will keep working with the Interior Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the coming weeks to craft an agreement outlining the state’s role in wolf management, providing additional flexibility for addressing depredation, and committing enough federal funding to cover wolf management,” Governor Otter said after Tuesday’s meeting with Secretary Salazar. “But if we don’t reach an agreement within a reasonable time — we’ve set Oct. 7 as a deadline — the state will no longer participate as a designated agent for monitoring, providing law enforcement support or investigating wolf deaths in Idaho.”

The governor said talks will continue while he works with Idaho’s congressional delegation and such allies as Congressman Denny Rehberg of Montana to develop bipartisan legislation aimed at a long-term solution to problems presented by lawsuits stopping efforts to delist and responsibly manage wolves in Idaho and Montana.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy has indicated that Idaho and Montana have such management plans in place for managing their wolf populations, but that the absence of a similar plan in Wyoming warrants placing the entire Northern Rockies population of wolves back under federal protection.

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Hopefully we can end this

Hopefully we can end this embarassment we call a governor in November.

Governor Otter is to be applauded

Our state is being held hostage by radical pro-wolf groups, activist Judges, along with the Federal Government over Wolf Management. Our state has complied with everything asked in order to achieve state management. However each time concessions are made, the Pro-Wolf groups along with the federal government establishment moves the goalposts.

These same groups have a stated goal to have 3,000 to 5,000 wolves roaming our wilderness. This is in spite of them originally agreeing to a target level for 150 wolves in Idaho. Because of this agreement, Idaho "willingly" participated in the introduction in spite of many citizen objections. It’s been a history of one lie after another. Now some ten years later, Idaho has a wolf population of well over 1,000 growing at an annual rate of 30 percent. Wolves in Idaho remain unmanaged and are included on endangered species list. This is in spite of a North American having a population of over 40,000 - HARDLY ENDANGERED!

WOLF POPULATION IN IDAHO SURPASSES THE ORIGINAL AGREEMENT BY OVER 900 PERCENT! STATE VETERNARIAN AUTOPSYS CONFIRM 70 PERCENT OF THESE WOLVES CONTAIN ECHINOCOCCUS GRANULOSUS – A TAPEWORM PARASITE THAT IS POTENTIALLY FATAL TO ANIMALS AND HUMANS.

Wolves saturate our backcountry; they have killed off and infected our states ungulate wildlife to a point in which the ungulate reproductive rates are below sustainability levels.

Governor Otter along and our state Legislature realize that the pro-wolf groups will never be satisfied, and thus they have no choice but to react.

This ongoing "bleeding" of our ungulate must stop – IT’S TIME FOR IDAHO TO PLAY HARDBALL WITH THOSE WHO PERPETRATED THIS INTRODUCTION

Action must be taken to protect our states wildlife resources from this top-tier foreign invader before it’s too late.

SaveElk

"This is in spite of them

"This is in spite of them originally agreeing to a target level for 150 wolves in Idaho. Because of this agreement,"

How is no one can ever provide a copy or link, or even who say made this "agreement"? Because it doesn't exist. Just one of the many lies stated in the Saveelk post.

Actually...

The plan does exist!

It calls for "maintaining a minimum of 10 breeding pairs in each of the three recovery areas for a minimum of 3 successive year." That's approximately 150 total wolves in each of the states. Idaho have over 900 wolves according to fish and game.

That minimum goal was reached a loooong time ago. Time for the environmental terrorist to live up to their end of the deal...oh wait, they're terrorists. Where's Team America when you need them!?

And "because it doesn't exist." I'll post the link to the plan:

http://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/870803.pdf

150 was the original Idaho WMP agreement

The 150 wolf population target was the number signed off by the feds when they approved the original Idaho Wolf Management Plan. The actual numbers in the plan have never changed and remain at the 150 level. However, the feds have not stuck to this agreement.
This information along with the entire history of this wolf fiasco exists on the savelk.com website.