Former Idaho Gubernatorial Candidate Urges Wolf Killings
Rex Rammell, who lost his primary bid against Republican Butch Otter this past fall, urged a crowd of more than 100 to take matters into their own hands and start killing wolves.
According to KHQ.com Mr. Rammell said county commissioners should declare an emergency that allows citizens to kill wolves on sight. But, he adds, residents should organize a hunt and start killing wolves anyway even if no such order comes. He says he does not believe the sheriff, the state or federal authorities would interfere.
However according to the Missoulian it would probably be a bad idea to take Mr. Rammell's advice.
Law enforcement will take action if northern Idaho residents take the advice of a failed gubernatorial candidate and start illegally killing wolves, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official said. "I think it's pretty clear to say that if there's a federal law that is violated, then the federal law will have to be engaged," Meggan Laxalt Mackey, an external affairs specialist with the agency, told the Lewiston Tribune.
Rex Rammell was charged with elk poaching in early December.