Idaho’s Governor, C.L. “Butch” Otter, is telling his people to get involved in the wolf delisting process. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted six public hearings to listen to people’s concerns and field questions. Only one of those hearings took place in Idaho, in Boise. According to Otter, the feds have extended the comment period to May 9.

In an editorial piece published in the Idaho Mountain Express, Otter suggests that the residents stop griping and speak up.

Some of us spend the better part of a lifetime griping about the federal government imposing its will on us or taking us for granted. Here’s our chance to make a difference.

Join me in doing more than wishing the feds would get off our backs. Let them hear what you have to say about the delisting of wolves, loud and clear.

Otter says that most comments are value based but the feds need other information as well.

The vast majority of comments so far have been value-based. That’s fine, as far as it goes. If more are needed, I have hundreds and hundreds of letters and e-mails sent to my office by individuals from New York to California. Not all are fit to print.

But the agency also needs information on the size of wolf habitat in Idaho and whether Wyoming’s participation matters to delisting here. That’s where you come in.

Below is a list of options available to you for submitting comments and information as provided by the Governor.

Comments and documentation on the delisting proposal, identified as RIN number 1018-AU53, can be submitted via:

1) The Federal e-Rulemaking Portal:

2). E-mail: [email protected] Include “RIN number 1018-AU53” in the subject line of the message.

3) Fax: (406) 449-5339.

4) Mail, hand delivery or courier: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Western Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, 585 Shepard Way, Helena, MT 59601.

Tom Remington