A controversial hunting contest that targeted wolves and coyotes last weekend in Idaho ended with no wolves killed.
Reuters reported today that nearly two dozen coyotes were killed, but no wolves were shot during the controversial hunting contest, which took place December 28-29 in Salmon, Idaho.
We first reported on the wolf and coyote hunting derby last week.
250 hunters, including children as young as 10, participated in the controversial hunting contest. Hunters competed for trophies and cash prizes of up to $2,000 for wolves and coyotes.
Event organizers pitched the contest as a way to boost the local economy and reduce predator populations in the region. They also claimed that the contest would reduce a supposed threat of tapeworm transmissions from wolves to dogs.
Environmentalists in the region and throughout the US opposed the contest for being cruel and unnecessary. In the weeks prior to the contest, a few environmental advocacy groups asked a federal court to stop the contest but were unsuccessful.
Read more about the environmentalists’ position on the contest here.
The contest’s executive director Steve Alder said he is considering alternatives to reduce wolves in the region.
“It shows hunting is not an effective tool to eliminate wolves,” Alder told Reuters. “We’re going to have to take more aggressive action.”