Wednesday, May 14, 2008

State wolf plan unacceptable

The Idaho Department of Fish & Game is currently requesting Web site comments on its latest plan to manage wolves in our state.

This latest proposal suggesting management of wolves at a much higher 700 population level is totally unacceptable and inconsistent with the levels included in the final approved Idaho Wolf Management Plan. What credibility does the Idaho Department of Fish & Game have when you develop, circulate and gain sportsmen's approval of a management plan identifying a target level of 150 wolves, and when wolves are finally delisted, doing and "about face" and proposing a substantially higher targeted wolf population of 700 wolves?

Suffice it to say that if the IDFG would have been forthright with these true intentions in the beginning, the proposal would never have gained acceptance and would have received a massive backlash from concerned sportsmen.

Most knowledgeable sportsmen view this latest proposal as a "bait and switch" tactic that is totally unacceptable. We further demand that Cal Groene and the IDFG live up to their commitment with the approved Idaho Wolf Management Plan and manage the wolves accordingly.

Tony Mayer

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