View Full Version : Idaho Wolf Legislation

03-30-2011, 09:22 AM
BOISE, Idaho (AP) Idaho lawmakers are advancing a bill to prohibit the state from investigating, arresting or prosecuting people who kill federally protected gray wolves.

Republican Rep. Phil Hart's bill also prohibits state employees from helping federal agencies to arrest or prosecute someone who kills a wolf.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the legislation cleared a House committee Monday but was put up for amendments.

The bill faces changes amid concerns it would prevent Idaho game wardens from even passing along information to their federal counterparts. State officials say that's a problem, considering wardens take oaths to cooperate with "all legally authorized agencies in the pursuit of justice.''

Wolves in the Northern Rockies are listed as endangered under court order, but state and federal officials have been looking for ways to curb their population.

03-30-2011, 09:23 AM
This might make things interesting??? I guess California does it with illegal aliens why can't Idaho do it with wolves.

03-30-2011, 10:55 AM
Look the other way. Yeah, the feds encourage the illegals to come into the US and when they drive blind drunk or molest a child or commit other crimes they jump across the border first chance they get and that's the extent of their punishment. These wolves are spreading fast and the "crimes" they commit are never paid for. The only justice is to DIY and take matters into your own hands. This legislation would help that. Sounds like it could have some challenges with the details of making it work.

PS - Every western state is subject to the expansion of these top predators. They've been spotted in eastern Oregon and will come down into California soon enough (maybe already). We don't need another predator in California; especially one that hunts in packs and likes to kill. California Dept. of fish and game cant manage the predators already here. Introducing wolves into the mix will create a huge mess everywhere they go.

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03-30-2011, 04:02 PM
Looks like Idaho is pushing the agenda, But I think it will all come down again to Judge Malloy from Montana, hopefully he will stay on the side of the law and let Montana and Idaho have their control back.

03-30-2011, 04:05 PM

03-30-2011, 05:17 PM
Very Interesting !! I hope it works !!

03-30-2011, 06:45 PM
It would be nice for that to be in legal writing, but to an extent it is already happening. Fish and Game here has really started to pull away from anything to do with wolves, unless it involves livestock. Had a couple friends out lion hunting this winter and when they made it to the tree found that the lion had killed a cow elk, but then killed a lone wolf that tried to come in and take the kill. Wolf was buried on top of the elk and had one side of its hair licked off and was about to start eating on the wolf. Glad to see them helping us out with the problem. But, they contacted the wardens to see if they could keep the skull of the wolf and wardens said that if has anything to do with wolves not to bother contacting them anymore. So needless to say they got the skull. They weighed that wolf on scale at the tree, and with one side of hair missing and a little eaten off it still weighed out at 98lbs. Can't wait till we can start shooting them legally again.

03-30-2011, 08:50 PM
In BC we have the wolves bad!! Packs of 70-120 almost anyplace you look. I wish we could all use the Alaska management method. It is belt fed, full auto, mounted to a helicopter with no doors, and was highly effective.

03-31-2011, 09:11 AM
IDF&G has been under a directive from the Governor since October that basically does the same thing. They will not respond to calls about wolves and have given other agencies who may have to deal with wolf issues the direct line for USFW. I know our local wardens fairly well and they have nothing to do with wolf complaints anymore. With any luck the budget bill in Washington will go through and solve some of these problems. Anything that causes the major backers of the pro wolf legal battle to retract in an effort to stall legislation that would help put an end to their ability to make more money off taxpayers under the guise of animal protection is a good deal as far as I'm concerned.