Simpson Calls For Wolf Delisting
Congressman Mike Simpson says he will add a provision to a budget bill that would reinstate the 2009 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the gray wolf in Idaho and Montana. The language is clean and simple. It doesn’t give environmentalists the minimum numbers they wanted added nor does it give Governor Butch Otter the additional protections he wanted in the event wolves were relisted in the future. But Simpson says It makes no sense to call wolves in Idaho and Montana an endangered species. He says wolf populations far exceed recovery goals. Simpson praised both the federal Fish and Wildlife Service, Otter and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for getting wolves to the point they were ready to remove from federal protection.