This week Idaho’s Senate rejected Governor Butch Otter’s appointee to the state’s Fish and Game Commission, Joan Hurlock. It’s been nearly 40 years since Idaho’s legislature hasn't confirmed a gubernatorial appointee.
Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game today launched an advertising push in advance of its August wildlife summit. Under the slogan “Idaho’s wildlife belongs to you,” the department hopes to bring together as many people as possible to help set the direction for wildlife management. The summit is the first of its kind in Idaho. Fish and Game director Virgil Moore says the discussions generated at the summit will help guide future Fish and Game Commission policy. People at seven locations around the state will participate the last weekend in August.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game disclosed details Thursday on its investigation of wolf trapper Josh Branford. He posed in front of a live, trapped wolf and posted the photo on the Internet.
Branford did nothing illegal according to Mike Keckler, chief of communications for Idaho Fish and Game. “He had all the necessary licenses and tags to trap the wolf. But, in our view, he should have used better judgment before photographing himself and placing it out there.”