Notice: for those who want to comment on this, the comment period has been extended until noon on May 12, 2009. You can also provide oral testimony to the Fish and Game Commission the evening or the 13th. The Fish and Game Commission meeting begins at 7:00PM in the ISU Student Union Bldg – Big Wood River Room.
-When the state of Idaho (and other western states) express the need to “manage” a wildlife species – that usually perks the ears of wildlife advocates in the state. That’s because “manage” is so often a word used to soften the state’s real intention – i.e. the intent to ‘kill’ wildlife. Ralph and many others note this is particularly true with wolves and we’ve seen it with bighorns and others.
So how about pelicans ?
Pelicans are a “critically imperiled” species in Idaho occurring in two colonies located on Blackfoot Reservoir and the Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge. Unfortunately :
2009 Draft Pelican Management Plan(page 1)
In some areas, pelicans predominately forage on abundant populations of nongame fish resulting in non-consequential or acceptable impacts. However, in some areas pelican predation is measurably impacting native trout populations and recreational fisheries resulting in resource conflicts.