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Long-Running Conspiracist Fears Still Fuel Anti-Wolf Sentiments in Mountain States

posted Jun 1, 2014, 9:26 PM by chloe owens

3/25/14, by David Neiwert, Southern Poverty Law Center - Hatewatch

Long-Running Conspiracist Fears Still Fuel Anti-Wolf Sentiments in Mountain States

To say that there is deep local antipathy to federal wolf recovery efforts in many of the Mountain West states where biologists are attempting to revive the endangered species would be an understatement.  Sentiment against the big canine predators in places like Idaho and Montana, especially among cattlemen, often borders on sheer rage.  That has translated, politically, into a situation where lawmakers in Idaho recently approved $400,000 in funding to kill as many as 500 of the state’s estimated population of 650 wolves, leaving as few as ten breeding pairs.  The bill was promptly signed into law by Gov. Butch Otter, who has made loathing of wolves a centerpiece of his political image.

http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2014/03/25/long-running-conspiracist-fears-still-fuel-anti-wolf-sentiments-in-mountain-states/
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