The Times-News covers an Idaho Department of Fish & Game open house on the upcoming wolf hunt. Unlike the meeting in Boise, an area that enjoys wolf support, it appears that the Jerome meeting was attended by many of the commissioners themselves. Additionally, unlike in Boise, it appears that the public was given the opportunity to make comments in “hearing” format – a format which enjoys the attention of all in attendance – including the commissioners themselves. Blaine County residents did not enjoy the opportunity to attend any such meeting.
Who’s tired of the big, bad wolf? – Times-News
The coverage includes video in the top right corner in which members demand widespread removal of wolves and in which one likens wolves to “terrorists”.
The Idaho Statesman notes that hunters are pushing hard to reduce wolf numbers:
Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery Plan (p. 8):
Although Native Americans admired and emulated wolves, Europeans seemed universally to
associate wolves with the Devil, pegan worship, evil, and man’s baser emotions with debaucher,
sacrilege, witchcraft and sorcery. This traditional view of the wolf came to the New World with the first colonists and persists in television productions today.
It is becoming clearer and clearer who the Idaho Department of Fish & Game is interested in listening and responding to.