3-11 SS Otter on Wolves
Hi everybody. Welcome to SS…I’m DS and I don’t know any issue that raises more dander in the Northwest than the wolf issue. We’ll talk about that next. Acccording to farmers, Fish and Game officials and wildlife specialists in general, grey wolves have made a healthy return in the NW but they are taking a toll on elk and deer populations. Montana recently stated that they were going to manage wolves themselves and I sat down with Idaho’s Governor Otter what he planned to do:
“Montana’s following us. We did everything last September that Brian Schweitzer, the governor of Montana did last week. We’re going to protect our livestock we’re going to protect our ungulate herds. The 29 zones in Idaho, we got 11 that are in serious trouble. We can lay that right at the doorstep of the wolf population in each of those zones. I talked to Brian the other day. We had been referring to Brian as the wimp in the group and I called him the other day and I said I take it all back. But let’s continue to work together, and we have a meeting next week with Sec. Salazar, the president turned me down turned the Western Governors Association down didn’t want to talk about it, but we are going to continuous sellers are going to try to go forward to get Idaho’s plan in place of Idaho’s plan is going to take us back to the 2002 agreement.”
So what I’m hearing from officials in the know is that we don’t have an endangered species anymore, we have to manage, meaning control through hunting, a rapidly expanding wolf population.