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Salmon Residents Receive Death Threats Over Wolf-Hunting Contest

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We tracked down one of the people behind one of the threats--a man living in Canada who identified himself as a Native American elder but wouldn't give his name.

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Roxie H (350)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 3:55 pm

Salmon residents receive death threats over wolf derby

SALMON, Idaho -

Ask any of the people in Salmon and they'll tell you there's nothing they like more than a good hunt.

"It is really a way of life,” said Salmon resident Billijo Beck.

But lately that way of life has come under scrutiny after a local outfitter announced a wolf derby in which hunters will be given cash prizes for killing wolves.

Several in the town of 3,000 say they've received threatening e-mails and Facebook messages from all over the world.

"There was one that they were gonna hang our entire family by a noose,” recalls Jen Larson, who says she began receiving threats after she and her husband's diner, the Savage Grill, became a derby sponsor.

"Wanted to burn the business down with us in it. Make sure we were in it,” said Dave Larson.

"Some rock and a flaming arrow needs to fly through that sign," reads one message, referring to the Savage Grill's Native American logo.

Another reads, "Sick [expletives] like you need to be removed from the planet. I hope a pack of wolves eviscerates you and leaves your worthless carcass to die slowly, painfully and alone."

We tracked down one of the people behind one of the threats—a man living in Canada who identified himself as a Native American elder but wouldn't give his name.

He insists he didn't cross any line by sending the messages.

"They're beautiful and you can't eat the meat. Why do they want to shoot them?” he asked.

But hunters say they're doing nothing wrong.

"If you look up the definition of murder, it's defined in human terms. Not in animal terms,” said Beck.

They say the wolf derby will continue despite the negative response.

"It's mostly out-of-state people who don't have a clue what we do here or how we live here,” said Dave Larson.

The Lemhi County Sheriff's Office would not confirm whether they're investigating the threats.

The wolf derby will take place Dec. 28 and Dec. 29 in Salmon.

Roseann d (178)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 4:45 pm
That's the type of cowardly f*cktards that they are. Stop letting these Bubba Burpwads run the show.

Ondine J (134)
Friday December 27, 2013, 2:05 pm
Must say I agree with the sentiments about the Salmon residents.Should find another hobby besides murder.

Julia R (296)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 1:20 am
Don't these residents of Salmon know of any other life but hunting and killing animals? When the lady was calling the people nice there, well maybe they should be nice to the animals too! And she said that people were defining killing animals as murder but it wasn't? But it is. Taking any of God's creatures life is murder. And what a message they are giving to their children. That God's animals were just put here for them to shoot and kill- a terrible message!

paula eaton (30)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 2:21 am
Whatt a bunch of hateful, animal hating and cruel jerks. They need to get some morals. They are probably lying for the most part. I can not feel sorry for them.

Saturday December 28, 2013, 2:47 am
Sickening, sad and just wrong!

jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 3:41 am

jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 3:44 am
For every action there is a reaction. According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in return, both individually and collectively. We reap what we sow, in this life and the next, for nature has her own justice. No one can escape the law of karma.

. (0)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 3:58 am
La haine engendre la haine. Et c'est bien dommage....

Sonali G (0)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 4:01 am
Sorry but even a country bumpkin like me would say that the footage of Salmon folk perpetuate the 'Hicks from the sticks' stereotype and do not do themselves any favours by trying to claim that other folk 'don't understand what they are doing here.' We are all well aware of what they are doing but they are clearly oblivious; they come across as uneducated and 'backwards' for want of a better word.

Roxie H (350)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 4:04 am

Roxie H (350)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 4:05 am
I Live in Wisconsin, Home of the Dog vs Wolf Killing madness :(

Athena F (131)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 4:07 am
I don't advocate violence as a response to violence, because in doing so, we become what we hate.

BUT.. I will say if they *are* getting threats (I actually wouldn't put it past these types of people to just make stories like this up to make the Native American/animal lover communities look bad), it's been a long time coming. When you push people into a corner by violating nature on such a grand scale, the reaction isn't always going to be peaceful. Neither by nature herself, nor her usually peaceful defenders.

I can totally empathize with anyone who might have actually threatened these jackasses. It's frustrating to try to explain to people devoid of empathy that what they are doing is wrong and hurtful to the whole of the planet. Eventually, what can you do except to speak to them in the only language they seem to understand? :(

Ruth C (87)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 7:03 am
I agree Julia R!

Pam B (12)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 9:10 am
Wjhat a pity that they are only threats.........send in the Mafia.

kate K (481)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 10:37 am
Sick people!!!!!
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