"It kind of has to work like a Swiss watch," said rancher Steve Sanders of Kettle Falls, Stevens County, who bought his father's ranch and hopes to pass it on to his son. "Throw wolves in there, we don't know what to do. We've run it the same way forever."
"There is no reason to believe four justices on the Supreme Court, which is what it takes to grant (an appeal) petition, are champing at the bit to take this issue on," Steve Sanders, a University of Michigan law professor, said. "The liberals on the court are going to recognize this was a sensible, sound decision that doesn't get ahead of the national debate ... and I don't think the decision would be so objectionable to the court's conservatives that they would see a reason to reach out and smack the 9th Circuit."