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Who authorized the aerial pack exterminations prior to this bill?
The commission took issue with this becoming a legislated action...which is an entirely different issue, and one which we likely agree upon.
They are clearly in favor of reducing the wolf population and I never claimed they weren't. But they also seem to be concerned about more than just the legislative action component. I don't think they would publicly denounce the bill and then proceed to enact the exact same policy on their own if it was defeated. It's just hard to see the logic in culling 90% of the population if the intent is to keep the management authority within the state of Idaho. I think wolves have a right to be on the landscape, but I'm not heavily invested in it and don't really care if there are 1,500 or 150. This policy just seems illogical. If they cull them to the bare minimum allowed then it doesn't leave much room for error. What happens when there are only 150 left and then another dozen are poached, or die from disease, or hit by a truck, or whatever else? They go straight back to being ESA listed and managed by the federal government and this whole process starts over again. How does that not defeat the purpose of this in the first place?