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Farm Bureau Delegates Support Aggressive Action on Wolves

posted Apr 9, 2019, 8:41 PM by chloe owens   [ updated Apr 9, 2019, 8:45 PM ]

12/9/2018, The Argus Observer

Farm Bureau delegates support aggressive action on wolves

During their annual meeting Dec. 4-6, Idaho Farm Bureau Federation members voted to support a more aggressive approach to controlling problem wolves during winter months, when it is easier to track them because of the snow…Delegates from the Federation’s 37 county Farm Bureau organizations voted unanimously to support a mandate from the legislature to state fish and game officials to allow Wildlife Services to more aggressively control problem wolves during winter months…According to Wildlife Services, wolf kills of Idaho livestock hit a record 113 during fiscal year 2018, which ended June 30…The voting delegates, all of whom are farmers and ranchers, also voted to support allowing Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board funds, which are now used solely to support lethal control of problem wolves, to also be used to collar more wolves to facilitate control actions. The policy that encourages that also supports the continued existence of the WDCB, which gets about $400,000 a year from the state, $100,000 from cattlemen and $100,000 from sportsmen to support Wildlife Service’s lethal wolf control actions.