Having blown away recommendations from experts, he proclaims - incorrectly - that Idaho has the largest wolf population in the lower 48. In fact, Minnesota has three times as many wolves, according to a count by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
He omits important information on the actual impact of wolves on Idaho ranchers. According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, only 43 cattle, 100 sheep, three dogs, and one horse were confirmed as killed by wolves in 2014.
He neglects to say that Idaho, as of Jan. 1 had 2,300,000 cattle. While the loss of a single cow for any reason can harm a rancher's bottom line, 43 cattle lost to wolves will not kill Idaho's cattle industry.
He fails to say that ranchers who lose cattle to wolves can be financially compensated since Idaho, like other wolf states, participates in a compensation program.
Priestly leads an important and influential organization. The Idaho Farm Bureau's website states that their membership includes over 70,000 Idaho families. The organization calls itself the "Voice of Idaho Agriculture." Priestley's close-minded, misleading, and erroneous statements taint that voice and the way many Idahoans may view living with wolves.