Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter feels so bad about an Oregon gray wolf killed in Idaho that he has offered to repay his neighbors 150-fold.

In a tongue-in-cheek letter this week to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Mr. Otter “apologized” for the loss of the wolf and said he would happily replace it with 150 wolves from Idaho, just to make things right.

“In an effort to be a good neighbor and help Oregon maintain and increase its wolf population for the preservation of the species in your state, I am offering to send you 150 wolves from Idaho,” said Mr. Otter, a Republican. “Idaho has more than a sufficient number, in fact many more than the federal government originally required we have, and can spare a few.”

Mr. Kitzhaber, a Democrat, hasn’t taken him up on his offer. Asked whether the Oregon governor had a response, spokesman Tim Raphael said, “No, we don’t.”

The Oregon male wolf in question, known as OR-9, was shot Feb. 2 after he wandered into the state from Oregon by an Idaho hunter near the town of Emmett. His death drew media attention in part because he was the brother of OR-7, the famous “looking-for-love” lone male wolf who entered California last year after a 730-mile trek.

The man who fired the shot had an expired hunter’s tag, but Idaho officials let him off with a warning after finding that he had been incorrectly told that he could keep his 2011 tag until the end of the 2012 hunting season, said Idaho Fish and Game spokesman Mike Keckler.


Please continue to sign the petition to prosecute the poacher for the illegal wolf killing. We must protect our wildlife! Thank you.

Responses to "Butch Otter (Idaho governor) ‘apologies’ that famous Oregon gray wolf was unjustly killed by a hunter"

  1. Anonymous says:

    these state borders are made by man, it's rediculous that this counts also for other mammals.... they live and lived for ages in the north american arrea... never had to do with borders made by men, only their own terretories... Again it's the rediculous human interferance... If they wanna make borders, fine, but you can't expect wolves and other animals to read the signs..... stop this nonsense and let them go free.... Geeeezz, I wonder if there will ever come a law to stop birds from crossing borders.... sounds rediculous, right? Well that counts for the other animals too....

  2. Anonymous says:

    The republican governor of Idaho must be out of his mind to offer to 'repay' for the unjust killing of the Oregon Wolf of the Imnaha Wolfpack by 'displacing' 150 Wolves from Idaho to Oregon and on top of that with a comment that lets you wonder what kind of prescription drugs he may be on...: “Idaho has more than a sufficient number, in fact many more than the federal government originally required we have, and can spare a few.” ...OUCH!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Not only should the hunter be prosecuted, but I think wolves should be put back on the endangered species list. Hunting them at all should be illegal!

  4. Anonymous says:

    REPAY!!! Prosecute poacher from Emmett, Idaho, to the fullest, end "Wolf Hunt" (as Montana, has recently done!) put Wolf, back on "protected list," educate authorities AND public!! Only "shooting" allowed . . . with camera! ^..^

  5. Anonymous says:

    Its rediculous if people expect animals to abide by human law and borders all hunters are ignorant hypocrites what is so fun about killing things for sport its nothing but evil

  6. Wolf Protector says:

    I Will Kill That Man If He Kill Wolfs Again!!! >:(

  7. Anonymous says:

    So if that would have been a nice mule deer buck or bull elk the investigating officer would have said ignorance of the law is no excuse and arrested him, confiscating the gun,truck and jail time, fined. So how is that any difference to this??? This killer should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law or better yet make him an example. The wolf killings need to stop now.

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