Ok, so how do you suggest we get wolf numbers down to objective? Everyone loves to hunt deer and elk. Bear is gaining popularity and is actually achievable. Going out spot and stalk wolf hunting is not effective. How do we force idaho’ns to get off their ass in the winter and run more trap lines to get wolves to 150?
BTW very nice buck in your profile pic! @Customweld
Work with the commission to set a broader methods of take. They could have also passed a budget early in session increasing the commission's budget to address wolves instead of many of the other bills they worked on the last four months. The legislatures' #1 priority is to pass the state budget which would have included money for wolves. Instead, they extended session to work on the budget costing Idaho tax payers over $750k because they hadn't addressed the budget yet. That $750k is more than double the amount they are putting towards the wolf cull. And all the while risking a state shut down because they were busy working on transgender athlete bills, abortion bills, voter initiative bills, limiting the governors power bills, etc. Superseding current Idaho code for wildlife management which is something anyone on this board should be worried about and was one of the bills they worked on before the budget. I'm not saying many of those bills didn't deserve attention, just that they skipped their primary mission to grandstand all the while creating multiple lawsuits which will put a target on Idaho's back which is going to cost much more and could ultimately back fire.
The problem with this bill is that the impotence of it's creation was livestock and elk loss and with all the trouble and cost it's creating, they could of just quietly and with a little bit of class and grace handled the problems in a more fiscally responsible manner without creating more laws. Because Idaho is a fairly red state, it amazes me that we can't do exactly what the conservative leadership touts, be fiscally responsible with a small government.
There is something to be said for doing your job quietly and well and heading home proud of the work you did when done. Then there's something to be said about this legislative session. I write this as an Idaho native who has been a registered republican for about as long as I have been allowed to vote. It's quite disappointing.