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Monday, January 13, 2014
What's the Matter With Idaho?
By Noah Greenwald Huffington Post
Idaho's hateful treatment of wolves has reached disturbing new lows in recent weeks.
Late last month the sadly misnamed "Idaho for Wildlife" held a two-day "predator derby" out of Salmon, Idaho, offering prizes for the most coyotes and wolves killed and the biggest wolf taken.
Fortunately, no wolves were killed. But roughly 21 coyotes were gunned down in the event which was pitched as a family friendly opportunity to teach kids about responsible hunting.
How killing as many animals as you can, none for food, qualifies as responsible hunting defies reason -- but not Idaho law.
Also last month the Idaho Department of Fish and Game -- with approval from the U.S. Forest Service -- hired a bounty hunter to trek into the largest wilderness in the lower 48 states, the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, and kill two entire wolf packs.