Puppet for Fish and
nomination for a new director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game? A
would replace Fish and Game Director Rod Sando who resigned last week
under pressure. Sando served just two years. As this fine and ethical
manager walked the line between politics and biology, he inevitably
Sando decided to pursue prosecution of a rancher who shot three cougars
that may have been stalking cattle. The Idaho Cattlemen’s Association
was outraged. It wanted the charges dropped. Sando refused, saying he
would not "fix the tickets."
failed to support the governor’s opposition to dam breaching as a way to
restore the state’s salmon runs.
the second director in three years. Any subsequent director will have the
same kind of problems given the political climate.
A puppet is
a better choice.
will give some disgruntled members of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission,
their boss Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and their backers just what they want.
will be totally untainted by higher education. It will carry out every
demand without question. It will parrot crackpot ideas and execute corrupt
practices without flinching.
will give the public a clear idea of how the governor and his appointees
view the Department of Fish and Game. It will end any illusion that the
top priorities of the department are fish and wildlife.
will make it much easier to implement the "Idaho science"
advocated by so many in the state.
examples: 1) The only good predator is a dead predator; 2) Mines,
clearcuts, dams, highways and subdivisions don’t hurt fish or wildlife;
3) It doesn’t matter that fish die without water, because grocery stores
sell them in cans.
will not only save the state money, it will give the public a clear idea
of where state government stands on fish and wildlife issues—and who’s
pulling the strings.