Simpson endorses wolf bill
By :KATHERINE WUTZ
Another proposal to give management of Idaho's wolves back to the state was introduced in Congress yesterday by Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and seven other Western legislators.
The bill, called the State Sovereignty Wildlife Management Act, was sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah). Rather than explicitly giving control of wolves in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah to the states, it would remove wolves from the Endangered Species Act, which would give management power to the states by default.
Wolves were relisted under the act following an Aug. 5 decision by a federal district judge. Since then, several bills of varying complexity have been introduced in the House in an attempt to move wolf oversight from the federal government to state governments. No legislation has yet passed the House.
Meanwhile, Gov. Butch Otter is meeting in Denver with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazaar and the governors of Wyoming and Montana to discuss wolf management options. Otter withdrew state support for wolf management efforts in October, following conflict over the use of state tax funds to conduct wolf monitoring and control actions without the option for a public hunt.