The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has officially come out against the formation of a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument.
In a press release dated July 10, the commission
outlined its opposition to using federal power to preserve the Central Idaho wilderness area, citing its consistent support of state-managed wildlife on federal lands and the a top-down mandate to preserve it and its wildlife would curb "opportunities for thoughtful public discussion."
The decision also made clear that dubbing the area a national monument would leave state wildlife officials out in the cold.
"The status of state wildlife management authorities and state-regulated hunting, fishing and trapping remains uncertain in the absence of any official federal proposal for change in the federal designation of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and other federal lands comprising the Boulder-White Clouds area," according to the release.