Otter weighs in on wolves

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"font-size: 12pt; font-family:">Boise – Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch”

Otter issued this statement on the judge’s decision to return gray

wolves in Idaho to the Endangered Species list.

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am thoroughly disappointed and frustrated with the court’s decision

today returning wolves to federal protection. Idaho has done

everything asked of us by the federal government in order to delist

wolves in our state and restore state management. The State of

Idaho, through the Office of Species Conservation and Department of

Fish and Game, proved to be an effective and responsible steward of

the species under a plan praised by this very court. This judge has

inexplicably dismissed a practical, common-sense solution and

proven the Endangered Species Act is irreparably broken. The number

of wolves in Idaho today is almost triple the population necessary

for delisting throughout all three states. I don’t know why any

state would ever allow another reintroduction of a species because

the federal government and radical environmentalists simply cannot

live up to their word and allow state management.

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"font-size: 12pt; font-family:">“Rest assured we will exhaust all

of our options to legally reverse this ill-advised decision.

Today’s decision should stand as an indictment of both the ESA and

federal government.”

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