I am a student and I am concerned about the upcoming Fish and Game hearing in Pocatello on Wednesday. At the hearing, the public will be able to comment on the $400,000 of Idaho taxpayer money that will be allocated by Gov. Otter to the Wolf Control Board. I understand the necessity for wildlife management, but I do not agree with the $400,000 spent toward killing wolves. The cost to kill one wolf was averaged to $4,600 (2014). Understandably there has to be a way for wolves and livestock operators to coexist. The cost to coexist with wolves and at the same time reimburse sheep depredation is much cheaper than slaughtering these sentient creatures. It is estimated that only 0.1 percent of sheep and cattle are killed due to wolves, yet wolves are still being persecuted. There are more cost-effective ways to manage our much-needed wildlife. It is much more beneficial to all parties involved to have state taxes routed to educational programs and actual wildlife conservation programs. I encourage all interested citizens to attend the Fish and Game meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, 1345 Barton Road, Pocatello, and oppose the continued use of our tax dollars to kill wolves.
Kayla Griffin, Boise
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