Letters to the Editor

Lipscomb letter: Game baiting

Submit a quick comment to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) by July 26th concerning a proposed rule to allow wolf baiting across the state.

No other state allows wolf baiting, yet so-called “sportsmen” are asking the IDFG Commission, a group appointed by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, and voted in by Idaho Legislature, to lure wolves in for a quick kill.

Trouble is baiting stations not only draw bears and wolves but other animals as well. It’s an indiscriminate attractant that smacks of facilitating an unethical and unfair chase for a small portion of society.

Outfitters and their clients, in particular, may have an unfair advantage, as the proposed rule does not specify how many bait sites an outfitter may establish on federal public lands.

Instead of promoting natural movement of species, baiting may affect the behavior of wildlife and their feeding patterns. An intricate dance between wolves and ungulates traversing across the landscape actually promotes healthier animal populations and forests.

It’s critically important to ensure that live baiting is expressly prohibited if any kind of rule is passed.

Please submit comments to https://idfg.idaho.gov/idfg-rulemaking/consider-allowing-bait-hunting-gray-wolf-during-specific-seasons

This is not a case where Idaho wants to be “leading the pack.”

Ashley Lipscomb, Moscow