Legislative budget writers today, in the final agency budget to be set this year, approved $400,000 in state general funds next year for the Wolf Depredation Control Board to use to contract to have problem wolves exterminated. Gov. Butch Otter had proposed that the funding drop to $220,000 next year – it’s been $400,000 a year for the past five years – and that the board be made permanent; it was otherwise scheduled to end after this year. Instead, Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, the House Agriculture chair, proposed legislation to just extend the board for one more year at the current funding level. The wolf board currently has $870,234 in the bank; with the additional $400,000, that’d bump up to $1.27 million. Rep. Phylis King, D-Boise, proposed...
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JFAC sets final agency budget for next year: $400K for wolf control board