Hunters Shoot No Wolves In Controversial Idaho 'Derby'

By Scott Graf

Organizers of a coyote and wolf hunting contest held over the weekend in Idaho say hunters did not kill any wolves. Hunters did shoot 21 coyotes.

The Salmon, Idaho chapter of pro-hunting group “Idaho for Wildlife” organized and hosted the event on Saturday and Sunday. The state director of the organization, Steve Alder, says just one hunter saw one wolf all weekend. All together, about 60 hunters participated.

The so-called “derby” drew outrage from conservationists across the country. Five groups sued last week, unsuccessfully, to have the event postponed or canceled. They feared the contest would amount to what they saw as a “killing spree” and “massacre”.

Alder says several vehicles were damaged in the town over the weekend. He believed the crimes to be the work of environmentalists. But Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman says there’s been no evidence to suggest the vandalism was related to the hunting contest. Bowerman says there were no protests and the event stayed civil and orderly at all times.

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