ICA president expresses support for governor's decision
In the recent decision to return management of Idaho’s wolf population to federal control, Idaho Gov.
C.L. “Butch” Otter expressed his frustration with the setbacks and mishandling of the issue by federal government. As a result, he said the state will no longer be responsible for managing the wolf population within the state.
Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) President Carl Ellsworth, in a follow-up to last week’s WLJ article, said that ICA shares the governor’s frustration with the wolf issue.
“We understand the governor’s decision and the position he’s in,” said Ellsworth. “We are hopeful that his efforts lead to wolves eventually being removed from federal protection once and for all.”
Ellsworth believes that the governor’s efforts are an attempt to get the federal government to return wolves to state control in areas that are affected by the growing wolf population. That shift was promised as part of the plan to return wolves to the region. That plan was derailed by Federal District Court Judge Don Molloy in August, despite a regional population of more than 850 wolves, far more than the original plan allowed for.
Ellsworth said that he remains frustrated with the judge’s decision, which played a large role in Otter’s decision to return wolf management over to federal officials. — John Robinson, WLJ Editor