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article imageIdaho calls for grey wolf kill

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By Brandigal (Donna)     Jan 13, 2007 in Environment
Idaho's governor said he will support public hunts to kill all but 100 of the state's gray wolves.
The gray wolf is going to be stripped of protection under the Endangered Species Act within a couple of weeks.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said "he wants hunters to kill about 550 gray wolves. That would leave about 100 wolves, or 10 packs, according to a population estimate by state wildlife officials. I'm prepared to bid for that first ticket to shoot a wolf myself."
If they do this, it will put the wolves back to the verge of eradication.
Suzanne Stone said "Essentially he has confirmed our worst fears for the state of Idaho: That this would be a political rather than a biological management of the wolf population,There's no economic or ecological reason for maintaining such low numbers. It's simple persecution."
There is about 1200 wolves now in the area and the wildlife agency is calling for maintaining a minimum of 15 wolf packs, not 10 like the governor would like because they say if you go to 10, if one gets hit by a car then your back on the endangered list.
Now 1200 is alot of wolves but I think hunting them till there is only 10 packs left is taking a big chance again.
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