HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 5

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HJM005........................................by RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
WOLF RECOVERY EFFORTS - Stating findings of the Legislature and calling for
and demanding that wolf recovery efforts in Idaho be discontinued
immediately and wolves be removed by whatever means necessary.
                                                                        
02/14    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/15    Rpt prt - to Res/Con
03/02    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/05    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/06    3rd rdg - ADOPTED - 53-2-15
      AYES -- Barrett, Bedke, Bell, Bieter, Black, Bolz, Bradford, Bruneel,
      Campbell, Clark, Collins, Cuddy, Denney, Ellis, Ellsworth, Eskridge,
      Field(13), Gagner, Gould, Hadley, Hammond, Harwood, Higgins,
      Hornbeck, Kellogg, Kendell, Lake, Loertscher, Mader, Marley, McKague,
      Meyer, Mortensen, Moss, Moyle, Pearce, Pischner, Pomeroy, Ridinger,
      Roberts, Sali, Schaefer, Sellman, Shepherd, Smith, Smylie, Stone,
      Swan(Hansen), Tilman, Trail, Wheeler, Wood, Young
      NAYS -- Jaquet, Robison
      Absent and excused -- Barraclough(Barraclough), Boe, Callister,
      Chase, Crow, Deal, Field(20), Henbest, Jones, Kunz, Langford,
      Montgomery, Raybould, Stevenson, Mr. Speaker
    Floor Sponsors -- Barrett & Wood
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/07    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Res/Env
03/29    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord
    Rls susp - PASSED - 30-3-2
      AYES -- Andreason, Boatright, Branch, Brandt, Bunderson, Burtenshaw,
      Cameron, Danielson, Darrington, Davis, Deide, Frasure, Geddes,
      Goedde, Hawkins, Ingram, Ipsen, Keough, Lee, Lodge, Noh, Richardson,
      Risch, Sandy, Sims, Stegner, Thorne, Wheeler, Whitworth, Williams,
      NAYS -- Dunklin, Schroeder, Stennett
      Absent and excused -- King-Barrutia, Sorensen
    Floor Sponsor -- Burtenshaw
    Title apvd - to House
03/30    To enrol - rpt enrol - Sp signed - Pres signed
    To Secretary of State

Bill Text


                                                                        
                                                                        
  ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
 Fifty-sixth Legislature                  First Regular Session - 2001
                                                                        
                                                                        
                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                                                        
                                 HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 5
                                                                        
                          BY RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION COMMITTEE
                                                                        
  1                                   A JOINT MEMORIAL
  2    TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTA-
  3        TIVES OF THE UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED,  THE  SECRETARY  OF  THE
  4        INTERIOR,  AND  TO  THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION REPRESENTING THE STATE OF
  5        IDAHO IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES.
                                                                        
  6        We, your Memorialists, the House of Representatives and the Senate of  the
  7    State of Idaho assembled in the First Regular Session of the Fifty-sixth Idaho
  8    Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that:
                                                                        
  9        WHEREAS,  Idaho's  rural areas are suffering near depression-like economic
 10    disasters and America is becoming a nation of battered rural communities; and
 11        WHEREAS, natural resources are the lifeblood  of  Idaho,  the  genesis  of
 12    wealth  and the hub of America's economic wheel, and that eliminating resource
 13    production is a poor trade-off for wolf and  grizzly  recovery  which  has  no
 14    basis in common sense, legitimate science or free-enterprise economics; and
 15        WHEREAS,  our  natural  resources  industries  are declining in large part
 16    because of the federal government's policies and mismanagement; and
 17        WHEREAS, there is a tendency  to  assume  that  the  command  and  control
 18    approach  used  by  the  United  States  Fish and Wildlife Service is the only
 19    option we have as citizens of Idaho and state elected officials; and
 20        WHEREAS, the United States Fish  and  Wildlife  Service  currently  wastes
 21    millions  of dollars per year on wolf recovery which, under an Idaho wolf man-
 22    agement plan, would become a tremendous burden for  all  Idaho  taxpayers  and
 23    would reduce Idaho to an enforcement arm for another failed, misguided federal
 24    policy; and
 25        WHEREAS,  it  is  clear  the  federal  government  does not manage wolves;
 26    rather, it manages citizens; and
 27        WHEREAS, wolves are not biologically endangered in the United States,  nor
 28    are  they  in  danger of becoming extinct since they exist abundantly in other
 29    states and countries; and
 30        WHEREAS, wolf recovery is predicated on the  false  political  premise  of
 31    intrinsic worth greater than humans; and
 32        WHEREAS, fifteen Canadian gray wolves were dumped in central Idaho in 1995
 33    and  twenty Canadian gray wolves were dumped in central Idaho in 1996, and now
 34    their populations are estimated at 350 to 400 wolves; and
 35        WHEREAS, the Canadian gray wolf is not indigenous to the state  of  Idaho,
 36    weighing some 25 to 30 pounds more than the original Idaho gray wolf; and
 37        WHEREAS,  wolves  are  not a game animal; they are predators and should be
 38    managed as such; and
 39        WHEREAS, Idaho statutes have established civil values for deer, elk, moose
 40    and other big game species; and
 41        WHEREAS, wolves should be immediately delisted and the federal  government
 42    should  be financially responsible for all damages created by wolves, not only
 43    to livestock, but for domestic animals, pets and  especially  for  damages  to
 44    Idaho's wildlife; and
                                                                        
                                           2
                                                                        
  1        WHEREAS,  the  Bush  Administration  has  the  opportunity to redirect the
  2    failed environmental policies of the past.
  3        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session
  4    of the Fifty-sixth Idaho Legislature, the House  of  Representatives  and  the
  5    Senate  concurring  therein,  that  this  Legislature  not only calls for, but
  6    demands, that wolf recovery efforts in Idaho be discontinued immediately,  and
  7    wolves be removed by whatever means necessary.
  8        BE  IT  FURTHER  RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the House of Representa-
  9    tives be, and she is hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of  this
 10    Memorial to the President of the United States, to the President of the Senate
 11    and  the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Congress, to the Secretary
 12    of the Interior, and to the congressional delegation representing the State of
 13    Idaho in the Congress of the United States.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact


                        STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
                             RS 11108

In 1994, wolves were reintroduced into Idaho by the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, an activity opposed by the Idaho Legislature.
Historically, wolves were eliminated in Idaho in recognition that
 an agricultural economy could not co-exist with an exploding 
predator wolf population.  In year 2000, it is apparent that 
successful re-introduction of wolves has re-established a 
negative economic impact for farmers, ranchers, and small rural
communities that are agriculturally based.  The ravaging of domestic 
livestock and Idaho wildlife will increase, no matter the faulty 
management tool designed to mitigate these losses, and has reached 
an intolerable level with no end in sight.  This memorial calls for 
discontinuance of the wolf recovery program in Idaho and the immediate 
removal of wolves.  This memorial further calls for immediate
 de-listing and monetary remuneration from the Federal Government 
for all damages created by wolves, not only to livestock, but for 
domestic animals, pets and especially for damage to Idaho’s wildlife.
	                
                        FISCAL IMPACT

No fiscal impact to General Fund.




Contact
Name: Rep. Lenore Hardy Barrett 
Phone: (208) 332-1000
	 Rep. JoAn Wood
	 Rep. Twila Hornbeck
	 Rep. Tim Ridinger
	 Rep. Ken Roberts
	 Rep. Bert Stevenson
	 Rep. Dell Raybould
	 Rep. Monty Pearce
	 Rep. Lawrence Denney
	 Rep. Scott Bedke
	 Rep. Dick Harwood
	 Rep. John Campbell


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE	HJM