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 

About The Author

Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

2 Responses to Idaho's gubernatorial candidates differ on conservation issues

  1. avatar Tim Z. says:

    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. avatar Erin Miller says:

    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….”



‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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