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Idaho Gov. Otter Vetoes Wolf Management Funding Bills

April 12, 2013 | AP
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  • Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has vetoed a pair of bills, including legislation that called for diverting money from Idaho Fish and Game to a program aimed at managing problem wolves.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has vetoed a pair of bills, including legislation that called for diverting money from Idaho Fish and Game to a program aimed at managing problem wolves. | rollover image for more

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has vetoed a pair of bills, including legislation that called for diverting money from Idaho Fish and Game to a program aimed at managing problem wolves.

That bill sponsored by Midvale Republican Rep. Judy Boyle would have moved $100,000 currently used for hunter access to a separate program focused on eliminating wolves that prey on livestock and prized game like elk and deer.

Otter vetoed the bill Thursday, saying it could create a rift between sportsman and livestock producers — two groups he says are vital to controlling predatory wolves.

He also says stakeholders weren’t consulted or given the chance to review the proposal.

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