Caribou habitat costs vary greatly between Bonner County and federal wildlife agency

Caribou habitat costs vary greatly between Bonner County and federal wildlife agency

by
Mitch Coffman
June 21, 2012
Mitch Coffman
June 21, 2012

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is still trying to set aside over 375,000 acres to protect what it says are endangered caribou in northern Idaho. It estimates the cost for doing so at around $2 million, according to the Bonner County Daily Bee.

Bonner County officials estimate the cost at being over $20 million, saying that other protective habitats have, since 2005, cost the state $26 million.

County commissioners call the difference between the two sides "concerning and simply too far apart." Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, said the habitat  "changes activities on lands and requirements on them."

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