This was posted online today by my local paper, it will be a bigger write-up in the full edition tomorrow.
Senate declares wolf emergency
Bill will now pass to governor
By :KATHERINE WUTZ
The Idaho Senate voted yesterday to approve a bill that would allow Gov. Butch Otter to enlist local law enforcement to help kill wolves if he feels they are endangering humans, livestock or wildlife.
"This is a day of reckoning," said Scott Rockholm, a resident of Sandpoint.
Rockholm was one of about a dozen Idahoans who testified in favor of the bill in front of a Senate committee yesterday. The committee passed the bill onto the Senate floor, where it was heard and passed by an overwhelming majority just two hours after leaving committee.
The bill declares a state of emergency and says that wolves threaten the life, liberty and happiness ensured to all Idaho residents by the state and federal constitutions. Proponents of the bill claim that their property, health and safety are threatened by the wolves, which were referred to as "Canadian Gray wolves."
Rockholm said he has wolves on his 40-acre property every day, to the point that he won't let his two young daughters outside alone.
"They couldn't go [down the street] to their aunt and uncle’s house without me being there with a gun,” he said.
Bill opponents argued that it was poorly written, violated the state Constitution and would compromise any possible progress toward wolf delisting in the state.