MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho Fish and Game
Commission voted 6-1 Thursday to continue a $300,000
pilot project in eastern Idaho intended to reduce
predator populations to improve trophy-deer
The program became noteworthy earlier this month
when a Montana trapper killed a coyote in eastern
Idaho without having a valid hunting license. Fish and
Game Officers wrote a collection permit for him weeks after the
coyote was killed.
John Graham was in Idaho to evaluate the merits of
killing coyotes to help deer herds. He said he
believed the department had arranged for him to
demonstrate his coyote-killing techniques.
The Idaho State Police is now investigating the
incident. Commissioner Don Clower of Meridian, who
voted against proceeding with the project, encouraged
the commission to allow the investigation to finish
Clower also asked that a detailed proposal for the
project go to public review before it is started.
"Anything we do now is going to be met with
suspicion," Clower said.
Commissioner Roy Moulton of Driggs, a backer of the
project, said delaying it "sounds like an attempt to
stonewall the project." The Montana trapper killed the
coyote in Moulton's presence.
The project was supposed to get under way in March
and continue for two years. The Legislature called for
it last session and earmarked $300,000.
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The program involves killing predators such as
coyotes and mountain lions to see what effect that has
on deer populations.