Controversial Wolf Hunt Bill Withdrawn


The controversial measure that would have allowed Idahoans to shoot wolves from airplanes, use night scopes or even use livestock or pets to lure wolves into the open for a kill has been withdrawn.

Terreton Republican Sen. Jeff Siddoway, a sheep rancher, said he had consulted with federal authorities, including Congressman Mike Simpson, and acknowledge that his proposal "threatened to return wolves to the Endangered Species Act."

The bill had cleared through the Senate Resources and Environment Committee on Feb. 22, but Siddoway has asked the full Senate to return the measure back to the committee, where it will either be recrafted or sit in a drawer, effectively killing the bill.