6th grader hopes Idaho adopts Giant Salamander as state symbol

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Move over monarchs and mountain bluebirds: there could be a new state symbol coming to Idaho.

The Idaho Giant Salamander could soon join the state's other icons under a measure introduced in the House State Affairs Committee Wednesday.

Ilah Hickman, a 6th grader at Burley's White Pine Elementary, presented the proposal declaring the Idaho Giant Salamander as the state amphibian of Idaho.

She's been working on this since she was a 4th grader and said 26 of her classmates support the bill.

Nampa Republican Rep. Brent Crane invited Hickman's fellow students to come testify on the measure.

Twelve-year-old Hickman said the salamander is a perfect fit because it bears the state's name - and its skin pattern resembles the state's Bitterroot Mountain Range, crossed by the explorers Lewis and Clark.

KBOI reporter Scott Logan produced an indepth look the state's many symbols, including Three Bear dirt.