Idaho Prepares for 'Wolf Disaster'


"I can't blame Molloy for the ruling," Kieran Suckling of the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the groups that backed the settlement, told The Associated Press. "It's a very tortuous situation. We entered into a settlement agreement we didn't love but thought it was the lesser of two evils."

"The congressional threat was very much on people's minds when we negotiated the settlement," Andrew Wetzler of the National Resources Defense Council told the AP. "In light of the court ruling, it's going to make it more difficult to derail the rider that may well be attached to the budget deal that will provide much fewer protections for wolves than the settlement would have."

Idaho state Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, told the Idaho Reporter that the bill is mostly just backing from lawmakers for powers Otter already has to declare open season on wolves.

"He has most of this power already now," Pearce said. "What we're doing is giving him legislative support."

Among the triggers listed for declaring an emergency is the state's wolf population exceeding 100. There are currently estimated to be more than 700 wolves in Idaho.

ABC News Radio's Joan Bennett and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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