HUNTING — I'm not big on contests that promote killing predators, but it's almost humorous to watch the reaction to the two-day wolf-coyote hunting derby being promoted for Dec. 28-29, out of Salmon, ID.
The controversy is like putting a spotlight on the extremist views of wolf reintroduction and the perpetuation of myths about wolves.
Sunday's story by the Associated Press did a decent job of pointing out the claims and the BS.
“This is a wolf massacre,” said Wayne Pacelle, the Washington, D.C.-based animal-rights group’s president, in a letter to members Thursday that was geared more to fundraising opportunity than to reality.
Shane McAfee, who guides clients on hunts around Salmon, Idaho, organized the derby mainly to boost local business and raise awareness about a parasite he believes could be transmitted from wolf feces to domestic dogs and possibly humans.
People concerned about the parasite should take appropriate precautions, she said: Treat their dogs and cats for tapeworm, practice good hygiene, avoid harvesting sick animals, and wear rubber gloves when field dressing wild game, among other things.
“Precautions for Echinococcus are really no different than for a host of other diseases that occur naturally in the environment and can infect humans.”