BOISE — A bill that would use $2 million in state money to create a special board designed specifically to fund lethal wolf control efforts in Idaho has made it to the House floor.
Members of the House Resources and Conservation Committee voted 14-4 Feb. 17 to send the bill to the full House with a “do-pass” recommendation. The committee’s three Democrats and one Republican voted against it.
The bill would create a five-member board with the sole purpose of helping fund efforts to control problem wolves in Idaho. The $2 million will last about five years and livestock and sportsmen groups will each chip in $110,000 annually.
The plan, one of Gov. Butch Otter’s signature proposals this year, would generate about $620,000 a year for five years to control problem wolves.
The bill survived a print hearing Jan. 27 by one vote. But its sponsors revised it to include a five-year sunset and clarify how the board operates.
About 50 people testified during the 2 1/2 hour public hearing. Testimony was about equal for and against the bill.