An Idaho hunting outfitter’s upcoming two-day wolf and coyote hunting derby is drawing criticism from animal advocates.
The hunting derby takes place from December 28-29, 2013 near Salmon, Idaho, and involves two person teams hunting wolves and coyotes competing for cash prizes of up to $2,000.
Shane McAfee, the hunting guide who is organizing the hunting derby, says the purpose is to reduce predator numbers, curb tapeworms transmitted from wolves to dogs, and to boost the local economy. He estimates 300 hunters will participate in the event.
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The Humane Society of the United States, headquartered in Washington, D.C. sees the hunting derby differently.
“This is a wolf massacre,” said Wayne Pacelle, the Humane Society’s president, according to a Spokesman Review article.
Pacelle said that killing wolves for monetary prizes represented an “ugly ignorant” time earlier in American history. The upcoming hunting derby is also open to children, which has been a source of concern for the animal advocacy organization.
Additionally, the Humane Society is arguing that human tapeworm infections from canines are rare in Idaho.
Wolves are considered game animals in Idaho, and the state allows annual wolf hunting and trapping seasons.
McAfee believes the Humane Society’s contention of the wolf hunt is unwarranted.
“We might harvest two or three wolves in the derby,” McAfee said. “It’s mainly for coyote control.”
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