DAVE & DUJANOVIC

Dave & Dujanovic: Idaho wolf hunt from a rancher’s and hunter’s viewpoint

May 12, 2021, 3:24 PM | Updated: 3:25 pm
wolf hunt...
FILE - This June 30, 2017 remote camera image released by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and her mate with a pup born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. Trump administration officials on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states in charge of overseeing the predators. (U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)
(U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Idaho lawmaker whose bill became law recently allowing private contractors to kill about 90% of the wolves roaming the private lands in the state.

Debbie Dujanovic had a conversation with Idaho Sen. Van Burtenshaw, who sponsored the wolf-hunt bill. He stressed his intent behind the legislation is not to exterminate the entire wolf population but to manage the predators.

Backers of the bill said there are too many wolves in Idaho. They’re attacking cattle, sheep and wildlife, costing agriculture producers hundreds of thousands of dollars and reducing the number of deer and elk available for hunters, according to Idaho Press.

The Humane Society of the United States has called Idaho’s wolf hunt a “death warrant.”

‘Death warrant’ or livestock protection?

“Idaho is trying to reduce the wolf population from 1,500 wolves to 150 wolves. Now, you can say it’s not a death warrant, but if you’re going to kill 1,300 wolves, I mean, that’s a death warrant. Now, it may be necessary, but let’s call it what it is that is a massive reduction, 90% reduction,” said Dave Noriega.

Debbie added Burtenshaw said the news media is not fairly representing the Idaho cattle ranchers’ side of this news story.

“OK, hold on a second there,” Debbie replied. “At first blush when I read the headline. I did cringe, I did. And then after speaking to [Burtenshaw] today. I got a much better understanding of why Idaho is pursuing this avenue. . . . He told me what happened in one of his fellow lawmakers. His sheep herd has been met time and time again by packs of wolves.

“He kept track of over $400,000 worth of livestock. And among that livestock, the wolves have killed about 39 of his guard dogs in the process. So it isn’t like he hasn’t tried to take measures to watch over the sheep. But if those wolves come in and packs, they kill those dogs pretty quick, and then have access to the sheep,” Burtenshaw said.

“How many businesses can handle a $400,000 loss?” Dave asked.

“My heart sank for the dogs,” Debbie said.

“39 dogs. That’s incredible,” Dave replied.

“I’m a dog owner . .  so I’m starting to see now the other side of the story. I’m starting to see why lawmakers and why the governor put this law in place. I know there are people who don’t agree with it. I’m not for or against it. I’m just trying to share both sides of the story here,” Debbie said. 

Complexity of a wolf hunt 

Burtenshaw tried to explain why it’s so difficult to kill a wolf… let alone hunt a wolf. 

“Last year, we sold nearly 50,000 [hunting] tags, and only 500 wolves were taken. They’re tough to hunt. They’re apex predators. They are smart, intelligent and travel large distances. And so if they depredated in your herd today, you may not see them because they’ll be 100 miles away in the next couple of days,” he said.

“Well that gives great insight to why they’ve expanded the way you can hunt wolves, bringing in helicopters and snowmobiles and ATVs and using night vision goggles,” Dave replied.

 

Dave & Dujanovic can be heard weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app, a.s well as Apple Podcasts and Google Play. 

Related: 

Today’s Top Stories

Dave & Dujanovic

FILE - This Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, file photo shows application icons from left, Facebook, Facebook...
Curt Gresseth

Expert gives tips on conquering your downward social media scroll

Are you addicted to the social-media scroll? An expert weighs in on what you can do to slow the scroll.
6 days ago
High water in the Gardiner River along the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Montana, ...
Curt Gresseth

Be ready for flash flooding: Expert shares advice

An expert with the Utah Division of Emergency Management shares his expertise and crucial tips on how to be ready for flash flooding when you are in a vehicle or at home.
7 days ago
salt lake mayorMendenhall guns...
Curt Gresseth

After NY law is struck down, two Utah experts sound off on gun rights

Two advocates on either side of the gun-control vs. gun rights debate sound off on the Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling to expand the right to carry a firearm in public.
12 days ago
Salt Lake County Search and Rescue safely rescued a hiker  out of the Lisa Falls trail on Friday.
P...
Curt Gresseth

Search and rescue expert has tips for hikers

Before you head out on your hike, take someone with you, tell somebody where you are going and when you plan to return. Those are just a few words for hikers from an expert on search and rescue.
13 days ago
A fire engine is seen as the Sheep fire burns in Wrightwood, Calif., Monday, June 13, 2022. (AP Pho...
Curt Gresseth

Be Ready Utah: What to do when wildfires close in on your home

Will you be ready if wildfires close in on your home? A survivor of a wildfire shares his experience and an expert shares tips and advice.
14 days ago
(Photo Credit: CNN/Shutterstock)...
Curt Gresseth

What is behind rising credit-card debt? Financial expert weighs in.

A national expert explains the sudden rise in credit-card debt in April and what you can do to lower your monthly payments.
20 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Dave & Dujanovic: Idaho wolf hunt from a rancher’s and hunter’s viewpoint