No wolves shot on 1st day of Salmon, Idaho, hunting derby

2013-12-29T07:45:00Z 2014-10-19T08:07:03Z No wolves shot on 1st day of Salmon, Idaho, hunting derbyThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 29, 2013 7:45 am  • 

BOISE, Idaho — Organizers of a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby in central Idaho say about 200 people signed up but only about 50 or 60 are hunters and the rest are just offering support for the event.

Steve Alder says no wolves had been reported shot late Saturday, the first day of the event that ends late Sunday afternoon.

He says one hunter's vehicle was vandalized with paint and scraping, and that authorities are investigating.

A federal judge Friday allowed the derby to proceed on public land after ruling its organizers aren't required to get a special permit from the U.S. Forest Service.

WildEarth Guardians and other environmental groups had sought to stop the derby, arguing the Forest Service was ignoring its own rules that require permits for competitive events.

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  1. oldcowgirl
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    oldcowgirl - December 29, 2013 11:22 pm
    Thank You : Sam Lobo,,,,,,,, Very well said.///////
  2. Sam Lobo
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    Sam Lobo - December 29, 2013 6:46 pm
    The wolf pimps vision of good wolf management was Minnesota where the population was at one time closing in on 3000 wolves. The dirty little secret that the wolf pimps didn't want you to know is that they had to kill over 200 of the vermin for the last half decade for getting into trouble. Yup, Last year they almost hit 300 all KILLED by trapping all killed on the GOVERNMENTS dime. The reactive management was the result of lawsuits (abuse of the Endangered Species Act) that would not allow proactive management in the states wolf management plan. The one thing that was learned in WI and MN was that either you killed the vermin (on the governments dime) or depredation was doubling every couple of years. Groups that pimp wolves in order to get "donate now" buttons pressed need to be held accountable. Help stop the abuse and support Congresswoman Lummis effort to reform the Endangered Species Act.

    Another little secret that the wolf pimps don't want you to know is that 75 to 80 % of the Federal Endangered Species dollars are spent on just TWO animals the grizzly bear and wolves! The sad thing is that the International Environmental Organization IUCN lists the gray wolf and grizzly as species of "LEAST CONCERN" when it comes to being endangered. Help stop the abuse of the ESA and make these groups pimping wolves in order to get the "donate now" button pressed and the ones collecting EAJA dollars off of law suits accountable.
  3. Sam Lobo
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    Sam Lobo - December 29, 2013 6:29 pm
    MurrayM YOUR the reason Montana passed bill HB73 UNANOMOUSLY. Dilute the stats all you want but the people that have issues with wolves have big issues and the little flaggies you want on their fences ALWAYS fail! People that pimp wolves typically fall into one or more of the following categories:

    The ones that benefit from a "Donate Now" button being pressed or a book they have written.

    The ones that are on the Government dole and benefit from the increase tax dollars being spent cleaning up after these vermin or the extraordinary amounts of money to study them.

    The ones that benefit from the gross amount of tax dollars being spent on litigation like EAJA dollars we spend on rich environmental lawyers.

    Or, the ones that have a bigoted hate for sportsman, ranchers or farmers.
  4. raptor53
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    raptor53 - December 29, 2013 3:07 pm
    probably none will be shot, as expected. but the media got a lot of mileage out of this story, eh ? emotions running high on both sides of the fence. I'm OK with wildlife biologists and state agencies setting the quotas. No one is out to eradicate the wolf. Nor will they.
    I dont trap or play tennis, but dont hate either. I eat meat but dont hate vegans. What ever happened to tolerance in this country ? Seems like everyone's an expert anymore and their thinking is the only thIking......just like Congress!
  5. Faxnlogicovremotnlhystria
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    Faxnlogicovremotnlhystria - December 29, 2013 1:37 pm
    The loss of weight due to stress in cattle and aborted calves is never reimbursed and costs millions annually.
  6. MurrayM
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    MurrayM - December 29, 2013 12:37 pm
    I'm glad! There are estimated to be 680 wolves in Idaho... in 84,000 square miles! How would you like to try to find a suitable mate on foot with those odds?

    There are 1.6 million humans in that state. Guess which eats more sheep & cows?

    Do we hunt or trap careless ranch hands or farmers whose negligence or poor animal handling practices lead to the premature death of herds? What % of herds are killed by wolves as opposed to the % killed by unhealthy living conditions, stress, etc... ??? The wolves are paying with their lives for causing a tiny fraction of herd loss... and farmers are compensated for their losses! Sheesh... what does that end up being... we pay an extra $.10 per pound for the meat. I think it's ridiculous to state that 680 wolves is sufficient that a state can have a derby to hunt them!

  7. Snowcrest
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    Snowcrest - December 29, 2013 11:31 am
    You're right when you say there are those who proclaim their love for the wolf and willingly throw deer and elk under the bus.
    They're called anti-hunters and anti-gun nuts.
  8. buckshot mama
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    buckshot mama - December 29, 2013 9:53 am
    What about the coyotes, Walt? Shouldn't someone stand up for them? Wolves and coyotes are all preditoty and should be shot on site. Just like they used to be to protect food stock.
  9. Yz250
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    Yz250 - December 29, 2013 9:19 am
    I am not a big fan of trapping, but if trapping is what it is going to take to get the wolf population to acceptable levels then I think it can be a useful tool. I feel the elk, deer, moose and wolves can all thrive if managed properly. I can't see how someone can call themselves a lover of all animals when they are willing to wipe out all the deer and elk herds to save one wolf. You can definately see they have a different objective. Looks like the wolf is just a money maker for them.
  10. Faxnlogicovremotnlhystria
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    Faxnlogicovremotnlhystria - December 29, 2013 9:15 am
    Emotionally intoxicated urbanites have coyotes in their cities. There is no mystique, no fantasy about coyotes. What's the difference. 75 pounds. That is basically it.
  11. Faxnlogicovremotnlhystria
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    Faxnlogicovremotnlhystria - December 29, 2013 9:13 am
    'legitimate supporter of big game (hunting)'
    'killing of wolves is wrong'
    It appears you don't have a full grasp on how the North American wildlife conservation model works, Walter. As on Canadian biologist once said; a robust and unmanaged gray wolf population leaves no room for consumptive use among ungulates for humans.
    You can't manage the populations of every single large animal on the landscape, but leave the wolves unchecked. My 3rd grade niece fully comprehends this from her biology and ecology summer camp. Why can't you, grown up adults?
    This coyote hunt must be the fault of that Obama creature.
    And that's all it is, a coyote hunt, in an area that also had wolves. So wolves are also allowed to be entered if somebody is lucky enough to get one.
    I was in a coyote derby once we could get a half a point for jack rabbits. It was still a coyote derby. Little big eared bunnies ate much cuter than wolves. Where was the outcry? Why only the outcry about wolves? What do you have against coyotes.
    "donate now". That's what this is about.
  12. walter12
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    walter12 - December 29, 2013 8:08 am
    I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, an ardent believer in self defense, a loyal supporter of legitimate of big game, however, trapping and the senseless killing of wolves is wrong.
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