September 16, 2010

Wolf Management

Host Marcia Franklin is joined by Cal Groen, director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and Jon Rachael, Fish and Game's wildlife carnivore and big game manager, to discuss the recent court decision by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy that put the gray wolf back on the Endangered Species List.

In his decision, Molloy ruled that Wyoming doesn't have an adequate management plan for hunting wolves and that the Endangered Species Act does not allow the federal government to subdivide a distinct population segment so that a species is listed in part of a region and delisted in the another part of the same region. As a result, Molloy ruled, federal protections for wolves must be reinstated throughout the region. The ruling halted Idaho's wolf-hunting season.

U.S. Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo have sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar asking him to appeal the decision. Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has also asked Salaze for a new Memorandum of Understanding between the state and the federal government that would allow for wolf hunting in Idaho.