Pro-Wolf Group Urges Idaho Potato Boycott

By Beacon Staff

BOISE, Idaho – A Connecticut-based animals rights group angry over Idaho’s planned wolf hunt aims to punch the state in its tuber.

Friends of Animals is urging foes of the hunt, due to start Tuesday, to boycott potatoes grown in Idaho, a state where potatoes are such a big deal they’re on the license plates.

Priscilla Feral, the group’s president, criticized Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s role as an avid supporter of allowing hunters to shoot up to 220 wolves in the season that ends March 31.

A hunt in neighboring Montana, due to start Sept. 15, targets up to 75 of the big predators.

Feral says “Wolves don’t need Gov. Otter — or anyone else — to manage them.”

Idaho and Montana wildlife officials counter they have responsible wolf management plans.

On Monday, a federal judge will consider a request by 13 environmental groups to put a halt to the hunts.

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