The Idaho Department of Fish & Wildlife’s recent development of the Idaho Wolf Population Management Plan is making one thing clear ~ wolves will be managed and killed to avoid “conflict” brought about by the agricultural production of livestock (whether bovine or big game ~ Livestock) on Western public lands.
Even proponents of a process of so-called compromise rebuke development of the plan noting the good faith of Defenders of Wildlife & the Idaho Conservation League’s stakeholder efforts being met with a cold shoulder. Both groups profess that any meaningful contributions to the state’s management plan were ignored or shot down.
This mentality of management is hard to understand but even less prone to influence or persuasion using scientifically demonstrated fact nor by ensuring agricultural economic interests will not be affected.
Because the state insists on cornering the conservation interest and managing wolves in the shadow of Livestock, big game, and “conflict” ~ their message is clear:
If wolf advocates and conservationists wish to see wolves inhabit Western public lands in any meaningful numbers or with any meaningful spread of habitat, then “conflict” will have to be removed. Given their perceived “conflict” having little to do with real numbers nor real science ~ the best way to remove “conflict” and give wolves a safe place to play out their lives in peace is to support efforts aimed at removing the industrial production of livestock on federal public lands.