Idaho Wolf Hunt Causes Controversythe daily dish
A wolf-and-coyote-hunting competition in Idaho is causing controversy between hunting advocates and wildlife conservationists. Conservationists are decrying the competition as barbaric killing, while ranchers and hunters contend the wolves and coyotes are a threat to livestock.
The competition will happen in the town of Salmon, Idaho, at the end of the month. Teams of two will hunt wolves and coyotes in an attempt to win trophies for largest wolf killed, most female coyotes killed, and other such achievements.
It is believed to be the first wolf hunt in the United States in almost 40 years. Wolves came under the protection of the Endangered Species Act in 1974, but in recent years the protection has been removed in many states, including Idaho. The Obama administration has pushed to remove most wolves nationwide from the list.
Lynne Stone, director of the conservation group Boulder-White Clouds Council called the hunt "an organized killing contest."
Hunters are undeterred. Barbara Soper said she and her husband support their 11-year-old daughter's participation in the hunt.
"It's my daughter's first big adventure, and she thinks it's awesome," Soper said.