LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO
Sixtieth Legislature Second Regular Session 2010
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 43
BY RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION COMMITTEE

1 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
2 STATING FINDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE THAT EXISTING CONDITIONS RELATING TO
3 WOLVES DEFINE AN EMERGENCY CONDITION FOR ALL RURAL IDAHOANS AND, IN THE
4 FACE OF THIS EMERGENCY, THE LEGISLATURE ENCOURAGES THE GOVERNOR OF THE
5 STATE OF IDAHO TO DECLARE THAT A STATE OF EMERGENCY EXISTS IN IDAHO AND
6 TO AUTHORIZE AND REQUIRE THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME TO USE
7 ANY MEANS TO REDUCE WOLF NUMBERS TO THOSE DESIGNATED FOR RECOVERY OF THE
8 SPECIES.

9 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

10 WHEREAS, wolf populations have grown to a level of over eight times the
11 number designated for recovery of the species in Idaho and no effective man12
agement plan exists for reducing wolf populations to the number designated
13 for recovery of the species? and
14 WHEREAS, growing and unacceptable levels of wolf predation against
15 livestock and pets exist and many claims relating to losses by wolves are not
16 fully compensated? and
17 WHEREAS, wolf packs have moved into densely populated areas and unnec18
essarily large numbers of wolves constitute a threat, not only to property,
19 but to human life itself, with particular threat to children? and
20 WHEREAS, the time and costs expended in an effort to protect livestock
21 against wolf attacks is never compensated? and
22 WHEREAS, people living in most rural parts of the state are threatened
23 by wolves and must change their habits and lose the safe use of, and travel
24 upon, their own property. Individuals must now arm themselves to face the
25 threat of growing, unchecked numbers of wolves in many parts of the state?
26 and
27 WHEREAS, unchecked numbers of wolves are destroying the culture and
28 heritage of rural Idahoans including, but not limited to, their use of real
29 estate, their use of hounds for legal hunting of big game, their livelihood
30 in professional hunting, such as outfitting and guiding, and their choice of
31 type and location of livestock animals for food production and recreation?
32 and
33 WHEREAS, excessive wolf populations reduce livestock production
34 through direct loss of life and loss of productivity, with higher costs to
35 producers, which creates devaluation of established livestock businesses in
36 areas of high wolf populations? and
37 WHEREAS, excessive numbers of wolves are hindering recovery of elk pop38
ulations in parts of the state, are reducing the big game populations avail39
able to hunters in the state, and are preventing the Idaho Department of Fish
40 and Game from exercising its mandate to manage big game for the benefit of
41 hunters in the state? and
42 WHEREAS, in 2006, Governor Jim Risch issued Executive Order No. 200643
32, finding that there was an imminent threat to the health of wild elk herds,

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1 as well as to the public health and safety of the citizens of Idaho, due to
2 escape of domestic elk from the Conant Creek Facility in eastern Idaho and
3 ordered the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to “identify and shoot on site,
4 any domestic elk that have escaped from the Conant Creek Facility.” The large
5 number of wolves in the state presents a far greater threat.
6 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular
7 Session of the Sixtieth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives
8 and the Senate concurring therein, that the above described conditions
9 define an emergency condition for all rural Idahoans and, in the face of this
10 emergency, the Legislature hereby encourages the Governor of the State of
11 Idaho to declare that a state of emergency exists in Idaho and to authorize
12 and require the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to use any legal means to
13 reduce wolf numbers to those designated for recovery of the species.