Otter Likes What He Sees in Wolf Emergency Bill

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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said Friday that a legal analysis is under way but he like what he saw in a bill that would grant him authority to declare a wolf disaster state of emergency in Idaho.

In a flurry of going-home bills, the Idaho Legislature passed a last-minute measure that could give the green light to local law enforcement officers to help eradicate wolf packs. The bill would allow Otter to take "rapid steps" against wolves until the species is delisted, "or the emergency no longer exists."

Otter said Friday that before he signs off, he wants his staff to do a full analysis on the bill.

Federal officials are currently considering a proposal to lift federal protections from gray wolves in the intermountain West.