Otter vetoes wolf predation legislation

Otter vetoes wolf predation legislation

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Otter vetoes wolf predation legislation

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 11:59 AM

BOISE -- Gov. Butch Otter has vetoed a pair of bills, including legislation that called for diverting money from Idaho Fish and Game to a program aimed at managing problem wolves.

That bill sponsored by Midvale Republican Rep. Judy Boyle would have moved $100,000 currently used for hunter access to a separate program focused on eliminating wolves that prey on livestock and prized game like elk and deer.

Otter vetoed the bill Thursday, saying it could create a rift between sportsman and livestock producers -- two groups he says are vital to controlling predatory wolves.

He also says stakeholders weren't consulted or given the chance to review the proposal.

Otter also killed a second bill Thursday that would shift power to the attorney general to investigate misconduct by elected county officials.

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