Whoever kills the most wolves or coyotes in an upcoming Idaho hunting derby will win a prize of $1,000.
The targets of an upcoming Idaho hunting derby scheduled to take place near Salmon will be wolves and coyotes, and the hunter who kills the most of each species will be rewarded $1,000.
Dubbed the Predator Hunting Contest and Fur Rendezvous, this Idaho hunting derby will last three days, and be held on private ranch property as well as U.S. Forest Service land.
Steve Alder, organizer of the contest, told reporters, “I think we’re going to have a good turnout.”
He couldn’t give exact numbers due to the remoteness of the region.
Earlier in the year the contest had permission to include parts of U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), but it was later revoked following two lawsuits filed by environmental groups.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon and some other environmental groups spoke out regarding their opposition to utilizing the U.S. Forest land, but failed to have the region pulled from the Idaho hunting derby.
Amy Atwood, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, told reporters, “The world is looking at this with a lot of dismay.”
Much of the region to be used in the contest has growing wolf populations extending into other states. Atwood, like many, want these wolves to be protected.
We’re not going to go away, and we’re going to keep fighting.
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The land revoked by BLM massed 3.1 million acres and has cut the grounds for the contest in half. Most of the revoked region was made up of lower elevations and had potential for high concentrations of wolves and coyotes.
Last year the derby attracted around 100 hunters who collectively harvested 21 wolves and coyotes. This year Alder told reporters he has received confirmation of 40 hunters outside Idaho who will be attending.
He is also actively working with farmers and tracking wolves; “We’ve heard some reports and we’re trying to pinpoint where those are so we can put in hunters.”
Hunters who don’t claim the top prizes will still have a chance to make money, as fur buyers will be available for contact at the contest.