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UPDATE: No Wolves Killed in Idaho Derby!

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife )

- 1576 days ago -
Earlier this week, we reported on a wolf and coyote derby held last weekend in Salmon, ID, that offered $1,000 prizes for killing the largest coyote and wolf. Though hunters successfully shot 21 coyotes, we are relieved to report that no wolves were

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Julie P (54)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 8:13 am
Thank you for posting this Cher.
I am very glad for the wolves, but also very sad for the 21 coyotes who were killed. Killing "for fun" is something abominable and I cannot understand how anybody could even think to partake in it.
I hope that there will be NO other bloody events like this in the future. I'll keep signing all possible petitions against them.

Wednesday January 1, 2014, 8:24 am
copy & paste Julie P.
noted with hope
Thank you, Cher!

Elle B (84)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 8:41 am
Thank-you Cher. . .

“Whenever I see a photograph of some sportsman grinning over his kill, I am always impressed by the striking moral and esthetic superiority of the dead animal to the live one.” ― Edward Abbey

“At the moment our human world is based on the suffering and destruction of millions of non-humans. To perceive this and to do something to change it in personal and public ways is to undergo a change of perception akin to a religious conversion. Nothing can ever be seen in quite the same way again because once you have admitted the terror and pain of other species you will, unless you resist conversion, be always aware of the endless permutations of suffering that support our society." —Sir Arthor Conan Doyle 1859 - 1930

“It is humankind's duty to respect all life, not only animals have feelings but even also trees and plants.” ― Albert Einstein

"Cruelty to animals is one of the most significant vices of a low and ignoble people. Wherever one notices them, they constitute a sign of ignorance and brutality which cannot be painted over even by all the evidence of wealth and luxury." ― Alexander Von Humbolt

"The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity." ―Arthur Schopenhauer

"A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as well as that of his fellowman, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help." —Albert Schweitzer

"Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky and water was a real and active principle. For the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota Safe among them and so close did some of the Lakotas come to their feathered and furred friends that in true brotherhood they spoke a common tongue."
―Ota K'Te/Mochunozhin Oglala Lakota, Dec. 1868-Feb. 20, 1939 [aka:Chief Luther Standing Bull]

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Christeen A (370)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 8:46 am
Great news. Let's happy dance.

Mike H (252)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 9:09 am
Ignorant cowards with guns

Richard S (209)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 9:33 am
This is such a mixed blessing. No wolves killed, but 21 coyotes murdered. And we can't help but worry that no wolves were killed because there are no longer any living wolves in the area. Overall, such a tragic year for wolves and wildlife.
Thank you everyone for all of your hard work this year. Here's hoping for more successes in 2014..

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 9:36 am
Great news for Brother Wolf! Sad for the little coyotes though. Coyotes don't get much, if any, protection.

Pat B (356)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 9:45 am
Shame about the 21 coyotes who were hunted and killed. Very GOOD news about the wolves. Thanks, Cher.

Connie O (44)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 10:03 am
great news for the wolves...sad for the coyotes...

. (0)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 10:08 am
Thank God for this good new for these beleagured wolves, but my heart goes out to the 21 coyotes who were killed. I wish the murderrs out there would realize that we are all connected; we all belong; and we all have a right to life without fear. So, we'll keep pushing the monsters back. Thanks Richard for the thank you to all. Thank you back!

. (0)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 11:10 am
What a lop sided piece of news...

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 11:12 am
Yes it's great that no wolves were killed...but quite a few coyotes were and to me they're also special animals undeserving of being hunted down. Thanks

Debra G (0)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 1:11 pm
Key sentence in article: If hunters were unable to shoot a single wolf during last weekend’s derby, is their population really large enough to cause concern?

Isabelle J (81)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 1:29 pm
Good news for the wolves, sad for the coyotes !

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 2:02 pm
Great, thanks.

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 2:35 pm
Glad no wolves were killed.

Kate Kenner (215)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 3:33 pm
Boy, did I have a mixed reaction to that one. No wolves-excellent-but I'm still not happy as there were coyotes killed. either way many animals died What would have made me really happy is if it said that hunters were killed instead.

Ruth M (235)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 3:37 pm
How awful that any animals were killed !!! We're there any wolves left to kill I wouldn't be surprised if there weren't but the thought makes my blood boil !!!!

Muriel Servaege (53)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 3:45 pm
Shame on the hunters! But I'm glad no wolf was killed - supposing there are still wolves.

Stardust Noel (38)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 3:50 pm
None were killed but they said they would have to go after them more aggressively now, that sounds very bad to me, we need to get a ban on killing wolves.

Stardust Noel (38)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 3:51 pm
And.........they killed 21 coyotes. That is awful.

S J (130)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 5:14 pm
Hunters are as bad as those allowed them hunt--shame and coward! So sad they however killed coyotes. Thanks Cher and Stardust

Janice D (85)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 5:27 pm
This saddens me that any animal had to die ,so senseless.

Vivian B (169)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 5:32 pm
They couldn't find any wolves to kill! That is why they should still be on the ESL!! Endangered species don't recover that fast! And they may go extinct in our lifetimes because of sheer stupidity!!

Bob hardly here P (394)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 6:19 pm
good news....thanks Cher

Debra Tate (17)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 7:02 pm
Good news! Noted and thanks!

Dianne D (490)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 8:19 pm
That's good news but we must ban hunting. The psychological profile of serial killers is consistent with the characteristic traits of hunters . . . . why are we promoting this type of behavior. Coyotes also have a role to play in the ecosystem.

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 10:41 pm

Kathleen R (192)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 11:21 pm
Thanks for sharing this. I am wondering if the population has exploded as hunters & ranchers said. Possibly there were no wolves to kill, but that isn't going to stop the wolf killers until the last pup is shot. Coyotes have an important roll in the ecology, but they have been persecuted, 365 days a year with no end in sight. Stop the slaughter, put the wolf back on the endangered species list.

Jaime A (52)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 1:55 am
Good news.

Thursday January 2, 2014, 6:14 am
The coyotes did not deserve their violent fate from these low-lives - but am very thankful wolves were spared. Thanks Cher.

Ruth C (87)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 6:34 am
I agree Michael H.

Thomas M (8)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 7:47 am
Just having the "stupid" contest is insulting to the human race. "The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites one family. Man did not weave the web of life; his is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself." Unknown

Weave your own web of destruction, stupids. What will you kill next when the coyote is gone? You are not helping human beings and our environment by killing our beloved animal predators and friends. You make a bad image of yourselves throughout the world. Stupids. What will it take to make you smart? Even a rock has a higher IQ.

Sara P (57)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 8:06 am
It's a really good news for the wolves but really bad for the coyotes.....I celebrate when the hunters shoot each other :))))

aj E (164)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 8:47 am
still sad for the coyotes.

Shirley Elliott (69)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 9:10 am
Tragic for the coyotes - even more regrettable is that this was a 'contest'. Who thought it 1) a good idea/entertainment AND 2) that incredibly stupid, ignorant people lacking in compassion took part? Shame on those responsible!!

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday January 5, 2014, 3:45 pm
Maybe if they let nature take its course, they’ll find that predator and prey animals do a good enough job of balancing themselves, and disturbing this balance may hurt them in the end. So happy to hear the wolves were not touched in Idaho.
Thank You Cher.
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