Conservation attorney says state of Idaho should leave wolves in popular wilderness alone

Jan 10, 2014

Tonight, we have part two in our series on whether a state should have the right to hire a professional to kill wolves in a federally designated wilderness area.

"Wilderness under the law is to have a place...where predator/prey relationships occur naturally."

Three conservation groups - Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project and Wilderness Watch - think not.

Radio-collared wolf born in Idaho, eventually migrated to Montana
Credit Idaho Fish and Game

They are suing federal and Idaho state officials over Idaho's plan to track and kill wolves from two packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho.
    Last night we heard that Idaho Fish and Game officials want to eliminate two of six wolf packs living in the Middle Fork of the Salmon river area of the wilderness because they are taking a heavy toll on the resident elk population.
    Tonight, News Director Sally Mauk talks with Tim Preso of the Bozeman-based Earthjustice law firm, who represents the conservation groups suing Idaho and the federal government. They believe Idaho's action violates the federal government's duty to protect the wilderness character of the Frank Church wilderness.