Idaho's gubernatorial candidates differ on conservation issues

Idaho Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Jerry Brady and Republican nominee Butch Otter finally had a debate of sorts.

It turns out they differ considerably on conservation issues. Otter’s lack of clarity on the out-of-state-funded “property rights” Proposition 2 was troublesome. They also differed on Wilderness and Otter made it clear that while he might sign a bill prohibiting “canned” elk hunts, he would most likely not be a leader on the issue.

Story from the Idaho Statesman by Shawna Gamach.

Although they didn’t discuss it, Otter has been very strongly anti-wolf.

Added later. This election race, more than any other in Idaho will determine the future of Idaho’s immense wildlife population.

Here are the links to the two candidates’ web sites:

Otter for Idaho

Brady for Idaho Governor 



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  1. Tim Z. Avatar
    Tim Z.

    It’s my understanding that Brady is also anti-wolf, although I can’t find it in writing anywhere. I heard it last election when he ran.

  2. Erin Miller Avatar

    Many hunters are anti-wolf, and they both claim to be hunters… so…
    And Brady won’t discuss it because being Democtrat he can’t chance other democrats not voting for him, as pro-wolfers tend to be largely democrats. Otter won’t likely touch it because he simply doesn’t want to disturb the flow that blatantly. There is a lot more than the ‘race’ that will “….determine the future of Idaho’s immense wildlife population….”


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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