Saturday, August 16, 2014

Wolf Killing 'Derby' Organizers Want to Return ... For Another Five Years

Posted By on Sat, Aug 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM

In the wake of last December's controversial wolf killing "derby," which didn't kill any wolves but saw 21 coyotes killed near Salmon, organizers say they now want a five-year permit to keep holding the predator-killing contest.

You may remember that the derby attracted quite a bit of international attention:

"Wolf and Coyote Derby Turns Small Idaho Town Into a Battleground," wrote Guardian Liberty Voice.

"Two-Day Holiday Killing 'Derby' in Idaho Targets Wolves and Coyotes," wrote the Huffington Post.

The derby was unsuccessfully challenged in federal court, and one of the organizers of the hunting contest claimed that a hunter's tire had been slashed. But in the end, no wolves were killed in the two-day event.

Now, the Idaho Mountain Express reports that organizers want the next event to occur Jan. 2-4, 2015, and they want to keep on holding the contest. The application for the five-year permit is undergoing a review process at the Salmon Field Office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The BLM is taking public comment before it considers the application.

Comments can be sent to Liz Townley, outdoor recreation planner at:

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