Two business men got a light questioning by the Senate Resources and Environment during their confirmation hearing Wednesday for the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.
That’s a stark contrast to the grilling that Buhl fitness center owner Joan Hurlock got in 2012 because she didn’t hate wolves and didn’t hunt enough to meet the senators’ high bar.
Brad Corkill, owner of Whiteman Lumber Co. in Cataldo and Mark Doerr of Kimberly, owner of Precision Aviation Inc. in Twin Falls both said they were avid hunters. And Corkill addressed the wolf issue frankly.
“If every wolf in Idaho disappeared I wouldn’t have a problem with it,” Corkill said.
Sen. Michelle Stennett asked whether his position was philosophically in conflict with the department’s mission to manage wolves as a trophy species.
Corkill said his personal preference would not get in his way of ensuring a viable wolf population of at least 150 animals was maintained.
Doerr said it was in the state’s interest to ensure that all endangered species’ populations remain high enough to prevent listing. He said we should manage wolves with hunting ans trapping.
“As far as wolves they’re here to stay,” Doerr said.
The committee is expected to vote next week on their confirmation.
“Being on the Fish and Game Commission was on my bucket list,” Corkill said.