Kevin Richert: Otter writes his sorry wilderness legacy

Governor Otter intervenes at last minute to dim hopes of settling 37 year old Idaho Wilderness controversy-

Below a prominent Idaho Statesman political columnist weighs in to Otter’s sorry move. Considering Otter’s last minute actions to turn once supportive congressional Republicans against this fairly good and delicately balanced bill, I am reminded of Otter’s position on wolves.  We can certainty trace the change from partial compromise on the Idaho wolf issue to one of nasty divisiveness to one man — Butch Otter. Thinking of all the other non-outdoor related things he has done, I think he’s Idaho worst governor, even including legendary “dumb” Don Samuelson back in the day.

Kevin Richert: Otter writes his sorry wilderness legacy. By Kevin Richert. Idaho Statesman.



  1. jon Avatar

    As bad as Butch has been in some people’s minds, Idaho should thank god for Rex Rammell not becoming governor.

    1. ProWolf in WY Avatar
      ProWolf in WY

      I think the wolves can be thankful as well. 🙂

  2. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    I don’t like to campaign for anyone here, but Otter does have a Democratic opponent who could beat him given the wide dislike of all incumbents.

    His name is Keith Allred. He has an uphill battle in such a red state. He is certainly no liberal. He doesn’t seem to be so much part of good ‘ol boy system that Otter is the product of. He is smart (of course that’s a fatal personal defect in some political circles today).

    This is not an endorsement.


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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