Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wolf eradication plan goes too far

     I have spent my career promoting sound wildlife management practices based on biological and ecological facts, with regard for cultural and ethical considerations. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s decision to hire a professional trapper to eradicate two wolf packs deep in the Frank Church Wilderness violates all these tenets.

     Wolves can and should be managed, just as other game species are, and under certain circumstances control is warranted. But this control measure is a retreat to the dark ages of predator control, with no consideration for other values. I know of no credible professional wildlife manager who, in view of today’s more enlightened public, would openly support such an action. The Fish and Game Department should make known the justification for its action, why there was no opportunity for public comment, who made the decision, and the source of funding. Further, we should be told who will benefit in the geographic heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

Maurice Hornocker



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