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Wolf Traps Nixed in Blaine County
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BY KAREN BOSSICK

Idaho Fish and Game commissioners have voted to keep wolf trapping out of the Sun Valley area after they received a record number of comments dissing the proposal.

 Commissioners voted not to allow trapping in Unit 48 and Unit 49 of Blaine County. The units sit on opposite sides of Highway 75 as it runs through the Wood River Valley.

Dick Fosbury, chairman of the Blaine County Board of Commissioners; Idaho State Rep. Muffy Davis, D-Ketchum, and Sarah Michael, chair of the Wood River Wolf Project tested in person at the hearing Wednesday night.

Fosbury pointed to the Commission’s Resolution 2021-13, which highlights the importance of wildlife coexistence in the valley and the county’s support of the Wood River Wolf Project.

The project, which has gained a following around the world, advocates non-lethal practices as a way of helping livestock and predators co-exist. It currently protects eight to 10 bands of sheep from wolves and other predators using noise, lights, electric fences, livestock, guard dogs, noted Michael.

The resolution also stresses the threat that wolf trapping poses to on- and off-trail recreation users and to the county’s tourism and recreation economy. It notes that $235 million of the county’s GDP comes from tourism and recreation, while only $1.45 million of its GDP is derived from agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting.

“This is good news for now, but some of the Fish and Game Commissioners are skeptical about the effectiveness of non-lethal deterrents to protect livestock and think that trapping is a better approach,” said Michael. “Thus, we need to continue our long-term effort to bring non-lethal practices into the field so wolves and livestock can coexist.”

Those wishing to learn more can visit www.woodriverwolfproject.org.

 

 

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