IDFG announces public meetings on Idaho Wolf Management Plan

UPDATE – The hours for the hearing in Jerome ID have changed to 6 – 9 PM. Also note that the current understanding is that no verbal comments are going to be taken at these meetings.

Originally, a meeting in Boise was set for this Thursday in Boise from 5 – 8 pm – announcement was to be issued yesterday (11/26) at 4 pm – that’s a 3 day notice for an issue as important and controversial as Idaho’s management of wolves.

This is no longer the case.

A cynic might wonder whether IDFG is genuinely interested in a full and complete public involvement. I guess that makes me a cynic on this one.

Following a complaint expressing concern with IDFG’s tendency to give relatively inconspicuous notice of opportunities for public involvement posted mere days before being held, a new schedule was agreed upon for meeting locations, dates, and times throughout the state of Idaho :

News Release
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
600 South Walnut
P.O. Box 25
Boise, ID 83707-0025
http://fishandgame.idaho.gov

“To Preserve, Protect, Perpetuate”

Contact: Niels Nokkentved 208-334-3746
For Immediate Release

Fish and Game Sets Public Meetings on Wolf Management Plan

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has released a draft wolf population
management plan for public review and comment and has set a series of public
meetings on the plan.

Meetings are planned on the following dates and locations:

· Jerome: 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 3, at the regional Fish and
Game office, 319 South 417 East, Jerome.

· Pocatello: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, in the Wood River Room
of the Student Union Building at Idaho State University.

· Idaho Falls: 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, Fish and Game
regional office, 4279 Commerce Circle, Idaho Falls.

· Salmon: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, December 6, at the regional Fish and
Game office, 99 Highway 93 North, Salmon.

· Challis: 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, December 10, at the Challis Middle
School, 700 Main St., Challis.

· McCall: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, at the Super 8 Motel, 303
South Third St., McCall.

· Lewiston: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, at the Fish and Game
office, 3316 16th St., Lewiston.

· Coeur d’Alene: 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 12, at the Lake City
Senior Center, 1916 Lakewood Drive, Coeur d’Alene.

· Boise: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 13, in the Trophy Room at Fish
and Game headquarters, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise.

The plan covers how Fish and Game will monitor and manage wolves to meet the
requirements of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Idaho Legislature
and the governor’s office when wolves are removed from the endangered
species list.

Any hunting seasons and limits would be set by the Fish and Game Commission
after wolves have been delisting. Delisting could occur as early as
February, 2008.

Anyone interested is encouraged to review the draft plan before the
meetings. The plan is available at
http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/apps/surveys/draftwolf/, or at Fish and Game
offices.

Written comments will be accepted through December 31 online at
http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/public/; by mail to Idaho Fish and Game,
Wolf Plan Comments, P.O. Box 25, Boise ID 83707; by fax to 208-334-2148 or
208-334-2114, attention Wolf Plan Comments; or in person at any Fish and
Game office or wolf management plan public meeting.

The public meetings in Idaho Falls, Jerome, Salmon and Lewiston also will
cover a proposed mule deer management plan, proposed changes to upland game
and furbearer rules and a change in turkey seasons.

Individuals with disabilities may request meeting accommodations by
contacting the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at 208-334-5159, the local
Fish and Game office, or the Idaho Relay Service at 1-800-377-2529 (TDD) at
least 24 hours before the meeting.

IDFG
11-27-07

One Response to “IDFG announces public meetings on Idaho Wolf Management Plan”

  1. catbestland Says:

    Oops, I posted the previous comment on the wrong thread. I meant to post iit in Idaho issues draft Wolf Poulation Plan….” which may not seem like a much better place but we were talking about attending meetings. Please ignore.


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