Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ketchum Passes Landmark Wolf Resolution, Advocating for Nonlethal Management

Posted By on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Officials in the city of Ketchum say they don't want any more wolf killing in their region. 

The Ketchum City Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday, requesting that Idaho officials use nonlethal tools to manage wolf and livestock conflicts in Blaine County.

"Blaine County is leading a cultural change in the way this nation and state manages its wolves and other predators," said Suzanne Stone, spokeswoman for Defenders of Wildlife. "Today's resolution reaffirms that Idaho's reliance on extermination is not embraced by all residents."

The resolution is a first-of-its-kind attempt by an Idaho community to pass a formal measure against lethal wolf control. 

The resolution comes in the shadow of the recently created wolf control board, financed by nearly $2 million in state funds to curb Idaho's wolf population.

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