Idaho Governor Signs Wolf Disaster Law
Ratcheting up the state's rights debate, Idaho Governor Otter signed a bill that allows the executive branch to declare a disaster emergency related to wolves. Despite signing the bill the Governor expressed reservations about the law and did not immediately declare an emergency. However, according to the Spokesman Review, he directed the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to start working on state wolf management plans.
“My concerns with the legislation are not whether it is an appropriate response to the devastation that wolves have caused,” Otter wrote. “I understand and share the frustration of Idahoans over the impact wolves have had across our state in the past 16 years. However, I am concerned that H343 is largely unnecessary, and it unintentionally infringes on the statutory authority of the governor to declare disasters.”