BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- An Idaho Senate panel advanced legislation declaring a wolf disaster state of emergency in Idaho after public testimony detailed frustration, anger and fear of the predators.

The Senate Resources and Environment Committee heard from more than 50 Idaho ranchers, hunters and residents on Wednesday before voting 7-2 to pass the measure. The bill, which the Idaho House has already approved, now heads to full Senate for debate.

It would allow Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to enlist local law enforcement agents to help eliminate wolves in the state.

Lawmakers behind the effort describe wolves as bloodthirsty monsters that would attack children. But opponents contend Idaho is not in a state of emergency and there are no recorded cases of the grey wolves attacking humans since their reintroduction here in 1995.

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