What has been labeled as Idaho’s wolf emergency bill, H0343, that convincingly passed both Houses of Congress, has been signed by Gov. Butch Otter. Some people have been lead to believe, mostly because the media has presented it as such, that passage of this bill allows for the mass killings of gray wolves in Idaho. What the bill does is lay the groundwork for the Governor, should he or she so choose, to declare an emergency and put into play certain provisions that would allow for the removal of wolves that are creating the declared emergency. It is not a bill that forces the governor to kill wolves.

In addition, I have learned that Gov. Otter has also petitioned Washington (not clear who or what in Washington) to request that the 60-day waiting period after the signing of the Federal Budget rider bill is signed, be lifted.

The text of the rider bill reads, “Before the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall reissue the final rule published on April 2, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 15123 et seq.) without regard to any other provision of statute or regulation that applies to issuance of such rule.”

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