HUNTING -- Organizers of a disputed predator derby aimed at killing wolves in central Idaho are asking for a five-year permit to hold the contest.
The derby went ahead last year after a U.S. District Court ruled against an environmental group that filed a lawsuit to stop the event. Wolf hunting with the required license during the established seasons is Idaho is legal.
- There was a lot of hysteria promoted by pro-wolf groups who predicted a wolf slaughter even though everyone with a clue knew that derby hunters had little chance of killing more than a few wolves.
Organizers say that last year more than 230 participants killed 21 coyotes but no wolves near Salmon.
Organizers have said they’re seeking to publicize wolves’ impact on local elk herds and potential disease risks.
The BLM is examining the application as part of a process that will include a public comment period.