Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Endangered Species Act

Photo courtesy of Wally Butler
Idaho to Obama Administration: Take the Wolf Off the List

BOISE - Idaho Governor Butch Otter and the Congressional Delegation sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to allow publication of a federal rule removing wolves from the list of endangered species and implementing Idaho's state wolf management plan.

"Idaho has a long and successful history of managing big game and other species," the letter states. "We are prepared to manage wolves in a sustainable manner within our borders." The letter was signed by Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, U.S. Senator Jim Risch, U.S. Representative Mike Simpson and U.S. Representative Walt Minnick.

The rule that would have delisted wolves in Idaho, Montana and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah was set to be published in the federal register last week. But the Obama administration stopped all pending rules and regulations sought by the Bush administration.

The letter stressed that the gray wolf's reintroduction to Idaho by federal officials in 1995 is one of the state's most controversial natural resource issues.

"Idaho's wolf population quickly flourished to eight times the recovery objectives for Idaho under the Endangered Species Act," the letter stated.

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