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Wolf List Do-Over: Second Chance for Idahoans to Have Their Say

September 29, 2008

Boise, ID – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to return wolves to the Endangered Species List means input will be gathered again on how to manage the animals when they are eventually de-listed. The move grants a second chance to both wolf advocates and wolf foes to have their opinions heard.

Retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Dick Baldes says the do-over is a good thing because it means ranchers, hunters, scientists, conservationists, and the tourism industry will have an equal say. The only things unwelcome at the table, says Baldes, are stereotypes about wolves.

"They need to be managed as any other wildlife resource. Yes, they're different, but we have to think about the role that they've always played."

Baldes adds that wolves must be managed according to their role in nature, similar to the way the American bald eagle and peregrine falcon are judged.

"Why can't we recognize the different roles of all those critters, and the importance of them, and not look at them in terms of good and evil?"

Baldes says Idaho's state plan to kill of hundreds of wolves in the first year was not based on science. Supporters of that plan, however, say it was necessary because the animals prey on livestock and displace big game. Baldes says the focus should be on preventing and reducing wolves' conflicts with livestock–-not just killing them.

The re-listing came after a judge ruled that delisting the wolves had been premature.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - ID