ID: F & G changes date for Wildlife Summit

In response to hunter concerns, Idaho Fish and Game has changed
the date for its planned Wildlife Summit this fall.

Fish and Game plans to convene the “Idaho Wildlife Summit” on
August 24, 25 and 26 at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, to discuss
how Fish and Game manages wildlife and whether the agency should
engage a broader base of support.

“We’ve heard from several archery hunters who are expressing
concern about the September dates originally set for the Wildlife
Summit,” Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore said. “The Wildlife
Summit is all about listening to our hunters, anglers, trappers and
other wildlife conservationists, and we need input from our archery
hunters too.”

Many archery seasons open August 30 and would conflict with the
early September dates. As a result of numerous concerns, Fish and
Game decided to move the dates forward a couple of weeks.

Additional information will be posted on the Fish and Game
website as it become available: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.

Early last year, Moore laid out for his staff the agency’s
dilemma: legal mandates and public expectations have outgrown
funding sources. Now Moore wants to lay it out for the rest of
Idaho. He wants to discuss how to meet those mandates and
expectations without infringing on the agency’s core mission of
stewardship of wildlife to provide opportunities for hunting,
fishing and trapping.

Other details are still being worked out, including an agenda
for the discussion. The physical size of the facility will limit
the number of people who can attend – but Fish and Game is working
on ways to reach those who are interested, such as online
connections and video conferencing.

 

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