A national wildlife conservation group is taking aim at Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter's wolf policy.
In a two-week ad campaign, Defenders of Wildlife hopes to reach out to Idaho voters and political leaders to rethink what the organization is calling a "statewide war on gray wolves." The radio ads, which feature Idahoans expressing concern about the state's wolf population, will air in the Boise and Spokane media markets over the next two weeks.
"We hope that by exposing what residents of Idaho really think of this war on wolves, Governor Otter might change course and start treating wolves like other wildlife," wrote Defenders of Wildlife senior representative Suzanne Stone in a press release.
According to the 2013 winter wolf count, Idaho's wolf population has declined from 856 individual wolves in 2009 to 659 in 2013. According to some elected officials and Idaho's Wolf Control Board created during the 2013-14 legislative session, that number of wolves could be further reduced to 150 individuals by 2018.