Idaho Gov. Otter Wants Fed Help For Wolves

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants federal officials to give his state more money to help with management of wolves and compensation to predation on livestock.

Carter Niemeyer / USFWS

Wolves were re-introduced into several western states, including Idaho, in 1995. Since then the population has thrived to the point that they were delisted from endangered species protections. Hunting seasons are now part of management plans.

But hunters didn’t haven’t killed enough wolves, according to Idaho officials, and Otter is pushing for financial help. U.S Fish and Wildlife Service officials say they don’t have plans to offer any assistance since the animals aren’t endangered and states have taken over management.

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