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What One Advocate Says About A New Law That Could Kill 90% Of Idaho Wolves

Wolf Killing Idaho
Doug Pizac
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 1995, file photo, a wolf leaps across a road into the wilds of Central Idaho. Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a measure that could lead to the killing of 90% of the state's 1,500 wolves. The Republican governor signed the bill on Thursday, May 6, 2021, that had passed the Senate and House with enough votes to overcome a veto. (AP Photo/Douglas Pizac, File)

A new Idaho law could kill 90% of the state’s wolf population. The Idaho Legislature easily passed the bill — which was signed into law by Gov. Brad Little.

The measure has been heralded by groups that support ranchers and big game hunters. They say the state’s 1,500 wolves pose a significant threat to wild elk and livestock like cattle and sheep.

Suzanne Stone is the co-founder of the Wood River Wolf Project and the Director of the International Wildlife Coexistence Network, and she disagrees. Idaho Matters speaks with her to get her perspective.

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!