Kathleen Stachowski Other Nations
Purple prose…melodrama…not what you expect to find in legislation these days UNLESS it comes from the Northern Rockies and deals with “imported Canadian wolves.” To wit: Idaho’s House Bill 343, introduced to the House for its first reading on 4/4.
The uncontrolled proliferation of imported wolves on private land has produced a clear and present danger to humans, their pets and livestock, and has altered and hindered historical uses of private and public land, dramatically inhibiting previously safe activities such as walking, picnicking, biking, berry picking, hunting and fishing. The continued uncontrolled presence of gray wolves represents an unfunded mandate, a federal commandeering of both state and private citizen resources and a government taking that makes private property unusable for the quiet enjoyment of property owners. An emergency existing therefore, it is the intent of the legislature to regulate the presence of Canadian gray wolves in Idaho in order to safeguard the public, wildlife, economy and private property against additional devastation to Idaho’s social culture, economy and natural resources, and to preserve the ability to benefit from private and public property within the state and experience the quiet enjoyment of such property.
Yes, it was bad enough when “all” you had to deal with was Notorious Predator Yogi Bear swiping your pic-a-nic basket, but now comes this Canadian threat, eh? Wolves knocking you off your bike, wolves grabbing your pic-a-nic basket AND your berry bucket…maybe even your gun. OMG.
Note to wolves: One-hundred-and-one wolves in Idaho is one wolf too many and triggers (haha!) a disaster emergency. Hope you guys can count. Read the full legislation here.
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