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IDAHO: UPDATE: Judge Considering Fate of Idaho Wolf Derby

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In Friday's 9:30 a.m. hearing, an attorney for WildEarth Guardians told U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale she should halt the event because the U.S. Forest Service shirked its own rules by not requiring that derby organizers get a special permit

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Roxie H (350)
Friday December 27, 2013, 12:42 pm
SALMON, Idaho • After a phone hearing Friday morning, a federal judge is considering the fate of a disputed coyote and wolf derby planned for this weekend in central Idaho.

In Friday's 9:30 a.m. hearing, an attorney for WildEarth Guardians told U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale she should halt the event because the U.S. Forest Service shirked its own rules by not requiring that derby organizers get a special permit normally required for commercial events.

The U.S. Forest Service's federal lawyer countered that hunters would be coming to Salmon this weekend — regardless of whether there was a hunting contest.

He told Judge Candy Wagahoff Dale that event foes couldn't demonstrate they'd be irreparably harmed.

Dale promised a decision before the derby's start Saturday.

“We hope that the judge just laughs it off, which he should,” Steve Alder, executive director of Idaho for Wildlife, the group hosting the derby, before the hearing.

Hunters will receive a $1,000 prize for the largest wolf killed. There is a $1,000 prize for shooting the most coyotes.

WildEarth Guardians and other environmental groups contend the U.S. Forest Service ignored federal laws by allowing the competition to proceed this Saturday and Sunday near Salmon without requiring organizers to first secure a special-use permit for a commercial event on public land. They’ve asked Dale to issue a temporary restraining order that would halt the event.

The U.S. Forest Service says its rules don’t require a special permit.

“This twisted ‘wolf derby’ is a horrific demonstration of what happens when wolves are prematurely stripped of Endangered Species Act protection,” the Defenders of Wildlife organization posted on their website. “Over 154 wolves have already been killed in Idaho since this year’s hunting season began. Idaho wolves can’t bear to lose more pups, mothers and pack leaders than they already have. It’s up to you and me to stop this.”

Opponents have called the derby a “killing contest.”

These claims aren’t true, Alder said.

Data from Idaho Fish and Game shows that wolf harvest will be minimal, he said. Cold weather is mostly to blame, he said.

“There’s so much misinformation out there,” he said. “The threat of a big wolf slaughter is a joke.”

Alder said he doubts hunters who show up will even see a wolf.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Solitary Eagle (324)
Friday December 27, 2013, 12:52 pm
Thanks for posting Roxie. Let's hope this is a compassionate, sane judge. One wolf killed is one wolf too many.

Friday December 27, 2013, 4:35 pm
Please let this judge rule in favor of the wolves - we can't afford to lose any more wolves!

Past Member (0)
Friday December 27, 2013, 5:03 pm
I'm keeping my fingers crossed 4 the right outcome. Thx Roxy 4 the update.

Constance F (418)
Friday December 27, 2013, 6:37 pm
UPDATE: Dec. 27, 2013 3 p.m.
U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale has ruled that a wolf- and coyote-hunting derby can go on as scheduled this weekend in Salmon.

An attorney for Wild Earth Guardians had argued in a morning hearing that the U.S. Forest Service was ignoring federal law in permitting the hunting derby on federal land. But Forest Service officials said that while the hunting—a non-commercial event—was taking place on federal land, any judging and awarding of prize money would take place on private land.

Hunters are being promised a $1,000 prize for the largest wolf killed and a $1,000 prize for shooting the most coyotes.

Following the hearing Dale ruled that organizers weren't required to get a special permit.

Roxie H (350)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 2:41 am
unfeeling bastards, cant breathe

MmAway M (505)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 2:57 am
Jessie is snoring and I am trying to type with wet eyes.

Saturday December 28, 2013, 6:27 am
I;m sick to stomach - I can't believe the lack of compassion in people when it comes to our beautiful and majestic wolves!

Bobbi C (3)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 9:26 am
Does anyone posting here actually LIVE in Idaho? While I think the derby is in poor taste; I do not live there. I have friends that do and they have had their pets taken right off their porches and dismembered alive in front of their eyes. Children are at risk and have been stalked.
Unless you live there and can understand the paranoia that is happening because of the OVER population WE have created. Normal disease and starvation take out the weak and the old; but these wolves have found family pets and livestock are easy targets and can not defend themselves or run. We had one toothless coyote bitch that began to kill our baby lambs, disemboweling them and waiting for them to die a slow death. unfortunately she taught her pups to kill sheep too.
It is easy for us to judge and say bad things about people while we sit back in our comfortable homes; try going out and making a living in Idaho before you judge thee folks.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 10:12 am
This is one issue that Roxy and I agree on. To remove the wolf packs just when the species is assisting in helping to rebalance the deer and elk populations is just criminal. This has got to be the cattlemen's lobby hard at work or some other equally myopic organization.

Michael A (28)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 11:37 am

Rhonda B (106)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 11:48 am
My cat here Simba and I are stick to our stomach. Wolves are so beautiful.

Roxie H (350)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 11:55 am
Bobbi, you have found yourself on the wrong article. I am 100% pro-wolf. The Wolf Army supports all efforts too repeal every effort and fund and back keeping the Wolves alive. Now move along, I also live in Wisconsin, a wolf killing State and work tirelessly against Gov Walker and the DNR to stop these fools in this State also.

Connie Palladini (100)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 12:22 pm

MareCad T (2)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 12:24 pm
O K..................50,000 points for every EVIL HUMAN that gets destroyed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Birgit W (160)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 1:35 pm
Noted, thanks.

Stardust Noel (38)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 1:43 pm
I hope this judge ruled in favor of the wolves, this is insane, all these states killing wolves ,makes me sick

Richard S (209)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 1:44 pm
Please forgive me for the first hostile comment I have ever made, but let's hope the hunters freeze and/or shoot each other by mistake instead.

Kamia T (89)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 1:47 pm
I'm so disappointed at the outcome of this hearing, mainly because I find it repugnant to set things up as a sport, when there's no sport in killing animals one can't eat.

However, in fairness, I have lived in Idaho, as well as other rural areas. Wolves, coyotes, bears and many other predators hunt the easiest prey - period. Usually, when there's no human settlements around, it will be the sick and dying, which culls as nature intended. But all of them will take advantage of our moving into THEIR rural areas with our cutesy communities by then stalking animals, garbage and yes, humans, who aren't prepared to be alert and live as if they're not in suburbia, but in the country. Is that their fault, or ours?

Waltraud U (83)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 1:48 pm
noted ty

Julia R (296)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 3:21 pm
Some people didn't read this article. Unfortunately, the judge ruled in favor of the hunters and agreeing with BLM and U.S. forest officials that as long as the competitive portion of the hunt (a cash prize for killing the largest wolf and one for killing the most coyotes) was done on private property then this killing derby could go on! This judge certainly doesn't seem impartial to me! It's just too bad that they didn't get another judge to decide this case. I think most other judges would have ruled against the hunters and in favor of the wolves and coyotes. This is as unethical a hunt as it could possibly be! I agree with Richard, I don't like to made hostile comments but I also hope that the weather is so bad that the hunters will end up in trouble or perhaps there will be a hunting accident which will really deter them from ever doing something so horrific as this again! Because Idaho has targeted wolves and coyotes so much and because of their cruelty with this killing contest, I also advocate a boycott of Idaho's products and exports- especially of the businesses that sponsored this killing contest!

Constance F (418)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 3:33 pm
yes, Richard and Julie, i am thinking of many mishaps in salmon, idaho. i am thinking of misfires, gun failures, and hunting accidents, and hunters getting lost in the woods, and food poisoning at their brunch. i am thinking of of no kills. this is all i have left to do. i think it's fair.
On another note, i live near downtown LA, and close to large parks. we have coyotes coming in our yards all the time, and sometimes walking down the street in day light. big freaking deal. This has been going on for years, and NOTHING really bad has ever happened. if people lose their pets, it's their damn fault. educate and coexist. period.

Isabelle J (81)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 6:02 pm
Very sad !

Lona G (80)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 9:49 pm
It's disgusting how people just belittle the whole event and say it will have no consequences for the wolf and coyote populations. Just like the times before when "nothing happened', I suspect?

Dianne D (490)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 10:15 pm
This is so wrong. We need to fire those in offices that are permitting this to happen and sue the organizations putting this on for the money tax payers spent on bringing the wolf population back from extinction. We also need to get Sally Jewell out of office for not doing anything to save our wolves and wild horses.

. (0)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 4:08 am
Quelle triste nouvelle, merci. L'humanité avance à reculons...

Danuta W (1248)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 4:18 am

Ruth C (87)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 5:54 am
I agree Penni.

Shirley H (49)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 9:26 am
Let's pray for ALL the wolves.

Yvonne F (181)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 9:47 am
Thanks for sharing, Roxy!
Fingers crossed that sanity will win!

kate K (481)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 10:30 am
Save the wolves. Thank you for sharing Roxy

Ann Breeden (65)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 2:29 pm
I decided to click on this Bobbi C. and it appears that he's nonexistent. I see that the rest of us are totally against this killing. I am just sick about this and would love to take all the snow and ice that we have in Maine right now and dump it on Idaho. Their governor was one of the first who said he couldn't wait to shoot the first wolf when it was turned over to the states. This gives you some idea of the mentality in this state.

Petra M (259)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 4:52 pm

Julie E (405)
Monday December 30, 2013, 3:04 am


Julie E (405)
Monday December 30, 2013, 3:09 am

I like Constance's comment :)
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