Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Joan Hurlock was badly treated

As a woman, a conservationist and for 23 years a wildlife rehabilitator, I’m alarmed at the way some state legislators treated Joan Hurlock at her Fish and Game Commission confirmation hearing in February. I believe the behavior of these legislators was a slap in the face to all who have an appreciation and respect for wildlife and to women everywhere.

Joan Hurlock appears to have a balanced and informed view concerning hunting, fishing and wildlife. Reading the current requirements for becoming a game commissioner, she meets the criteria of being “well informed upon, and interested in, the subject of wildlife conservation and restoration.”

To me, this was a successful attempt to publicly humiliate an Idaho citizen and discourage others from independently applying for appointment in the future. There should be an honest investigation into circulation of misinformation to the Legislature, harassment of a gubernatorial appointee and Sen. Pearce, who stated that “trust us in the way we see it,” his use of the stereotypical and inflammatory phrase “There’s a fear of some environmentalism here.”

They owe Joan Hurlock a public apology and she should be reinstated to the Fish and Game Commission!

Julie Randell

Kimberly, Idaho

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