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Blog: What’s The Matter With Idaho?

Idaho's hateful treatment of wolves has reached disturbing new lows in recent weeks. Late last month the sadly misnamed "Idaho for Wildlife" held a two-day "predator derby" out of Salmon, Idaho, offering prizes for the most coyotes and wolves killed and the biggest wolf taken. Fortunately, no wolves were killed. But roughly 200 coyotes were gunned down in the event which was pitched as a family friendly opportunity to teach kids about responsible hunting. How killing as many animals as you can, none for food, qualifies as responsible hunting defies reason -- but not Idaho law/Noah Greenwald, Huffington Post. More here.

Question: Hmm. I can think of many things that are wrong with Idaho re: political policy. However, the attempt to control wolves forced upon the state by the federal government wouldn't be on my list. Would it be on yours?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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