Idaho's Department of Fish and Game is officially out of the wolf management business. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter told Interior Secretary Ken Salazar "Idaho will no longer act as the federal government's designated agent for managing your wolves."
Otter immediately directed Fish and Game to refocus its efforts on protecting Idaho's deer, elk and moose. As a result, the Department is expected to seek additional flexibility to kill wolves.
"We need to exercise our sovereign right to protect our wildlife," said Otter.
A spokesman for Fish and Game said all federal laws pertaining to wolves are still in place, and wolves remain protected under the Endangered Species Act. Livestock owners will now need to contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to report any wolf depredations.