Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wolf Advocate: "Fish and Game Abandoned All Pretense"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Some environmentalists say now, more than ever, Federal managers need to be in charge when it comes to managing wolves.

The Fish and Game Commission "abandond all pretense of a scientifically informed state management of wolves," Brian Ertz of Western Watersheds Project told Citydesk.

Dec. 8, Idaho Fish and Game adopted a motion to suspend the 2008 Idaho State Wolf Plan, a plan that would have managed for over 500 wolves in the state, and instead reverted to the 2002 Idaho Legislative wolf plan that proposes the state population of wolves be managed at 10-15 packs.

The Motion states the Department will:

Postpone consideration, until delisting resumes, as to the specifics of day-to-day state wolf management and upon delisting of gray wolves in Idaho; the Commission will direct the Department to prepare an appropriate wolf species management plan, consistent with the 2002 Idaho Wolf Conservation and Management Plan approved by the Idaho Legislature and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Ertz told CityDesk, "The Commission’s motion demonstrates exactly why it’s important to keep federal managers in charge; decision-makers at the state level are willing and able to pick up the phone on a Wednesday morning and set the policy of the state at a radically reduced population of wolves determined by politicians rather than the Department’s own biologists.“

Video of the entire meeting where the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commission adopted the Motion is available here:

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