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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Idaho House Committee Considers Hunter Identity Protection Bill

Idaho's House Resources and Conservation Committee is considering a bill to protect the identity of wolf hunters who kill a wolf in the state.

IdahoReporter.com says the issue arose after wolves were de-listed under the Endangered Species Act. During a wolf hunt, anyone who killed a wolf was required to report it to the state's Department of Fish and Game in order to keep an accurate quota measurement. The kill reports were obtained by public records requests, and the names of the hunters were posted on the Internet.

For more on why critics say the privacy bill is a violation of freedom of speech and information, click here.

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