February 26, 2007
Discussion Topic: Should Elk Ranches Be Licensed or Outlawed?
By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love
From an Associated Press Story on Idaho’s LocalNews8.com:
The Idaho state Senate voted 24-to-nine Friday to approve an industry-backed plan to regulate Idaho elk ranches.
Such ranches have come under increased scrutiny since as many as 160 animals bolted from an eastern Idaho preserve last August. The escape prompted an emergency hunt to keep the elk from interbreeding or spreading possible disease to wild herds around Yellowstone National Park.
Supporters of the new law say it provides adequate oversight from the state of Idaho to keep the industry in check.
Proponents of the plan overcame objections from a contingent of mostly Democratic lawmakers who favor outlawing preserves that let wealthy hunters shoot big game behind fences for money.
The measure now goes to the Idaho House.
Montana and Wyoming have outlawed such shooter-bull hunting preserves.
What do you think?