The Idaho Conservation League (ICL) is proposing a Central Idaho wolf-watching area that if granted by the Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) commission would spare wolves in areas surrounding highways in Central Idaho the impending wolf-hunt should delisting pass the test of litigation currently underway.
Should wolves have a sanctuary? – Idaho Mountain Express
There is a map of the ICL proposed area featured along with the article.
During an “open house” forum in Boise earlier this week, Steve Nadeau of the Idaho Department of Fish & Game assured those in attendance that the public would be provided opportunity to view wolves in between hunts – a comment at odds his assertion that wolves would learn to avoid humans given the hunts, especially with the lengthy proposed seasons. The question emphasizes the idea about whether the state should provide places in Idaho free of wolf hunts.
I say “yes” – all of Idaho should be free of hunts, until wolves are delisted in a legal manner.
IDFG refused to hold a meeting in Blaine County this time, a community that showed up en masse in support of wolves at a previous gathering brought together by the insistence of the Blaine County Commission. The meeting in Boise was announced a few days prior to its being held, and only after a formal complaint of its initial exclusion was made.
The site proposed for wolf-watching areas is also among an area where the Blaine County Commission is spurring efforts at pro-active non-lethal wolf controls.
It’s an interesting read to help understand the different approaches wolf advocates take.