Idaho’s governor, Butch Otter, signed the wolf emergency bill, H343, but evidently didn’t like doing it. This is indicated in a letter he sent to the Idaho Sec. of State, Ben Ysursa, whining that the bill was unnecessary and infringed upon the separation of powers within the Idaho constitution.

The letter, shown below, reveals a few other things as well. One has to wonder if the Governor actually knows what it’s like “protecting” one’s property from the destruction by wolves. He reminds the Secretary that Idaho citizens have the right to kill a wolf to protect themselves from being attacked and that they can kill a wolf harassing livestock. If it were so easy to do, as one might surmise the governor is intimating, there would be a lot of dead wolves and the citizens of Idaho probably wouldn’t be seeking an emergency declaration.

Another issue that bears scrutiny is that Otter obviously buys into the farce of the bill rider that was attached to the defunct Congress’ budget bill, that some claim will delist wolves. Otter even goes so far as to state that, “This new federal law will restore state management in Idaho under our approved management plan,”.

Which “approved” plan would that be? Is it the illegal wolf management plan of 2005, or the only legal wolf management plan the state of Idaho has, crafted by the Legislature in 2002?

It would be an understatement to say that Gov. Otter never intends to implement any plans to address “emergency” provisions in H343. However, once the federal budget bill rider has run its course, falling back on H343 may be the only option Otter has.

Instead of whining about his perceived loss of executive order, he should be thanking the people of Idaho and the state Legislature for ensuring he has that power.



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Tom Remington

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