March 20, 2018

Idaho Gov. Otter Using Wolf Politics to Bolster His Political Power Struggle

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Below is a press release (with a link) from Idaho Governor Otter’s office attempting to show his support for the need to control wolves in Idaho and appearing to show agreement with statements made about big money to be made in promoting and litigating wolf issues.

Steve Alder, head of Idaho for Wildlife and referenced in the press release quote, in a brief email notification stated that the governor “must be desperate.” That may be. However, I see Otter’s efforts at nothing more than political posturing to gain support for his own selfish needs. When Idahoans consider (whether they are or not I have my doubts) that the Governor supported the legislation that would force ranchers and hunters to pay for “management” of GI wolves forced down their throats, how does such action show any kind of real support for the people of Idaho and/or the “need” to control wolves? Politics is dirty, disgusting business. This nonsense by the governor is nothing more than some half-assed attempt at gaining a few more votes for personal gain.

Regardless of my personal feelings about this issue of wolves in Idaho, here is what came in a press release from Governor Otter’s office:

Governor Otter Reinforces Need for Controlling Wolves

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter released the following statement in response to the Twin Falls Times News article run on Monday, July 7, 2014 regarding wolves in Idaho.

“Nobody in Idaho or anywhere else has any doubts about where I stand on wolves. I fought to keep them out; I fought to limit their impact; and I fought successfully for Idaho’s right to manage them. I am committed to asserting whatever control we can by having Idaho people manage the federally imposed challenges we can’t avoid. Unfortunately, my Democrat opponent disagrees. He supported the wolves being brought to Idaho from Canada, and he thinks spending tax dollars to help control the damage they’re doing to Idaho’s big game and livestock is a waste of money. Once again, while I’m working for us and fighting to protect Idaho values, he’s supporting environmental absolutists and rolling over to the Obama White House.”

Below is an excerpt of the article titled Wolf War Renews as Big Money Flows, July 7, 2014.

“While wolves were busy killing a record number of sheep and cattle in Idaho last year, lawmakers and environmentalists were busy amassing money to renew their longstanding battles over the predator.

On July 1, the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board was established to kill wolves that attack livestock and eat elk through $400,000 in tax money, livestock levies and sportsmen’s fees.

In response, Defenders of Wildlife, a national organization, began a high-dollar media campaign in Idaho calling for Gov. C.L. Butch Otter to end his “War on Wolves.” The conservationists purchased online ads in Boise and Hailey-based newspapers and radio spots across the state. Clicking on some of them leads to an online petition, others have a “donate now” button.

That proves what Steve Alder, executive director of Idaho for Wildlife, said he has long suspected — conservationists are using Idaho’s wolf population to line their pockets. As one of the state’s leading anti-wolf contingents, Alder’s group has frequently locked horns with environmentalists, including a winter wolf derby and a spat over a dead colt in Hailey.”

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