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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.

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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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