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Bill Works Towards Controlling Wolf Populations
Boise, Idaho ( AP ) Prior to adjournment, legislators passed a bill to create a state board that works to control wolf populations.
HB 470 creates a $400,000 fund and establishes a five–board member board, according to the Associated Press.
They authorize the killing of wolves that come into conflict with wildlife or livestock. The money is used from the state's general fund, and comes from fees on sportsmen and the livestock industry.
Governor "Butch" Otter is expected to sign the bill into law. Otter had sought $2 million in the wolf fund.
"We chose to say let's start with $400,000 one time and see how that council works and how the opportunity that they have to stop that predating on the herd works out for them," explains Rep. Maxine Bell, District 25.
Conservation groups meanwhile, opposed the bill, saying it will lead to the killing of hundreds of wolves.