Governor asks Interior to expedite delisting process
BOISE -- A Department of Interior spokesman said April 28 that the agency is trying to work through the wolf delisting process as fast as possible, but an Idaho congressman said the timeliness of the process won't affect the state's planned fall wolf hunt.
"We're working as quickly as possible" to get wolves delisted, Interior spokesman Matt Lee-Ashley said April 28 here.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, were in Boise for a tour of the National Interagency Fire Center.
Simpson was the author of a rider attached to the 2011 federal budget that delists wolves in Idaho and Montana and returns management to those states, which plan to hold fall wolf hunts.
The bill was signed April 15 by President Barack Obama and the Interior Department has 60 days from that date to include it in the Federal Register. Another 30 days would have to pass before wolves are officially delisted.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has asked Salazar to expedite the process and has directed the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to prepare for a wolf hunt this fall.
Simpson said even if the process takes the full 90 days, "Idaho will still have a wolf season in the fall."
-- Sean Ellis