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Wolf Killing Competition in Idaho Set for Tomorrow
One of the most egregious organized killings of America’s gray wolves is slated to take place this weekend in Salmon, Idaho. An anti-predator organization has scheduled a wolf-killing competition where prizes are awarded for such objectives as killing the largest wolf and the most female coyotes. In addition to the fact that this competition violates the principles of ethical hunting, Defenders is concerned about the precedent this contest sets. The competition also sadly demonstrates that it has taken less than 3 years to return to the type of eradication practices that led to wolves’ near extinction in the lower 48, and the reason the wolf was listed as an endangered species in the first place!! Defenders is working hard to prevent this competition and also to prevent competitive wolf killing in the future. With your support, we are mobilizing our presence to let Governor Otter and Idaho Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore know that this competition is unacceptable and we are also requesting an emergency wolf hunting closure in the Salmon Zone. Members of the environmental community are taking a similar stance against this scheduled killing event by asking a federal judge to stop the contest, contending that the Forest Service is ignoring federal laws by allowing this event to proceed. Together, we hope our efforts will be effective in preventing this contest from happening.