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Idaho's war on wolves

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  • In 2011, wolves were removed from Endangered Species Act
  • Since 2011, approx. 1,600 wolves have been killed in ID, MT

The governor of Idaho just signed a controversial wolf-control bill.  The bill creates a board of people who will oversee what critics call a slaughter of gray wolves.

Advocates like Defenders of Wildlife say the board is made up of ranchers and hunters and no one represents conservationists. Three years ago wolves were removed from the Endangered Species Act and since then approximately 1,600 wolves have been killed in Idaho and Montana alone. Now only about 650 wolves remain.  Critics fear this bill could cause irreparable damage to the wolf population in the United States.   

HLN reached out the Governor’s Office in Idaho and has not heard back.

For more information visit the Defenders of Wildlife page.

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