Thursday, April 15, 2010
Idaho Wolf Hunters Protected at Expense of Public Records Law
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed a law on April 8 that removes state-issued hunting permits, licenses and tags from the public record and that makes it illegal to "harass, intimidate or threaten" hunters via telephone, e-mail or website postings. The move of creating a public records exemption for a specific, small group sets a dangerous precedent and threatens to chisel away at transparency laws to where they become obsolete.
The Idaho law was prompted by the records request of a local activist who then posted the names of wolf hunters on a website.
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