Idaho Wolf Hunt Causes Controversy

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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.

Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) Stands Between Trees

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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.

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Linda Rubino

Someone should call department of Social Services.. That mother should be looked into for taking an 11 year old girl to a wolf hunt...

February 16 2014 at 3:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda Rubino

Call DSS

February 16 2014 at 3:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda Rubino

Why bring an 11 year old? Someone call department of Social services please!

February 16 2014 at 3:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda Rubino

That mother wants to take an 11 year old girl? Does Idaho have DSS out there? I think perhaps someone should notify them of this to see if it's even legal? Kids guns very dangerous not to say .... Weird....

February 16 2014 at 3:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
moonshadow ranch

It is about balance, no doubt. If humans would stop killing the wolves natural prey for "sport and trophies" the wolves would stop attacking livestock. wolf hunts are 10% successful, which means one in 10 hunts produces food. A bullet is 100% successful. Do the math. As predators, they are needed to balance nature. Leave them alone and let them live in peace. As usual, when something comes between mankind and money, no matter what it is, mankind takes the easy way out......destroy it.

December 15 2013 at 12:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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DB

These wolves have been imported from Canada. They weigh up to three hundred pounds and kill in packs. They kill even when they don't need to feed. They have destroyed herds of elk and deer. They kill any and everything they can. They spread a parasite in their feces that becomes airborne when disturbed and transmits to humans.
Stupid libtards are responsible for this damage. As usual libtard tree huggers have no clue but expect everyone else to pay the price for their stupidity.
The wolves need to be thinned out heavily.

December 16 2013 at 4:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Your Excellency

It's all about balance. As the top predator, man has a role to play. Hunting is an essential part of that.

December 15 2013 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Spinnaker

In additon to the raw savegry of it, the moron ranchers have no idea how much damage they do to the entire ecosystem.
Wolves are the prime predator and keep even Mountain Lions and Foxs away from cattle.
The Defender of Wildlife promise a reweard or abatement if animals are killed by wolves.

But, ovrer all, they provide the control of Elk, and promiote the safety of smaller mammals likes beaver, ermine, mink, muskrat and others. Their kill "left overs" feed the grizzly and Eagles.

Write, call or email the Departments of the Interior at once. These hunters are too stupid and threaten a Natural Resouce valuable to us all.

December 15 2013 at 11:10 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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speshrt

Thank You!

December 15 2013 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DB

The only "Morons" running around in here are imbecile libtards like you. Where d you live dip? San Fransicko? You know nothing, shut the hell up tard.

December 16 2013 at 4:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Archaeoone

I never cease to be amazed at human depravity. It is particularly sick to read of a mother's joy at the fact that her eleven year old daughter will be a participant in barbaric acts. There is no hope for mankind! Our inhumanity, our immorality, our lack of compassion for sentient creatures, and our inability to empathize, will ulitmately destroy us!

December 15 2013 at 10:44 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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twosharks

You are 100% wrong, Wolves live on LARGE mammals mostly Elk and Deer killing on average one large mammal each per week.
Wolves also kill for fun - destroying every Elk calf, or cow they can run down, only to leave the carcass to rot without eating a bite.

Go out and see the truth before posting uneducated lies

December 15 2013 at 10:44 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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speshrt

There are no numbers and sources to put this in perspective so your sources and statistics would be interesting to see. They live mostly on large mammals but not entirely and they do not kill for "fun". Humans are the only species I am aware of that kill for "fun". Before you call just about everyone on here who has actually followed the numbers and the facts I suggest you follow up on the truth yourself before you make a statement that everyone else on here is a liar! One Elk or Deer a week where and compared to what numbers? And how many do humans kill in comparison? The sad fact is that many false (admittedly false from the sources) statements have been made to incriminate the wolf population and further goals for those who are afraid there won't be enough deer and elks for them to kill. Wolves kill to survive-people do not-people do it for enjoyment and profit. And the dollar sign is the bottom line here. So before you come on here with your attitude that everyone else is 100% wrong and liars do your due diligence. And by the way, wolves are even better hunters and they don't take pictures with great pride and smiles with bloody carcasses of something they chased down with a dog, a helicopter, or a trap. One mammal a week out of ?. You go educate yourself.

December 15 2013 at 12:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Warren family

Where are you from that makes you so sure of yourself. These wolves are in my backyard, how about you? Wolves don't kill for fun, that statement alone shows you dont have any idea what your talking about. We watched a pack of about 7 wolves hamstring 4 bull elk last year then just leave them to die a slow miserable death all for the sport of it. THEY ARE IMPULSE KILLERS. Why is it all you city dwelling, tree huggers are so sure of yourself. why dont you come and live in my backyard for awhile and you might actually learn something. I would certainly not call anybody a liar without first getting to know them but I can tell you that having lived with these predators since day 1 of re-introduction I've seen instances that prove all of your theories wrong. Your number and facts your so proud of come from where?

December 15 2013 at 12:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
DB

Idiots like you need a few of these wolves set free in your yard.

December 16 2013 at 4:38 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
thosholzel

None of the animal do-gooders on this blog discussed the over-population of wolves--it would jar their DisneyLand fantasy of how implacable Mother Nature is. Oh, and by the way, more wolves, less bunny rabbits and deer.

December 15 2013 at 10:34 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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Susan

Where is the thumbs down button.

December 15 2013 at 10:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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DB

Where is your brain? Oh you're sitting on it.

December 16 2013 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
speshrt

Check you numbers. And wolves attack small prey only as a last resort when large prey cannot be found. it is not worth it to support the pack to attack less than a large mammal-too much energy expended for not enough food. Inefficient. And you did hit the nail on the head. The wolves (organized and smart hunters) who kill for survival are in competition with man (who need poison, traps, dogs, sleds, and airplanes to level the field) who does it for fun and profit. Oh, and by the way, only an idiot would fall for that less bunny rabbit line-We pretty much know better than that (apparently except for you)

December 15 2013 at 12:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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DB

You need to shut the Hell up. You are so incredibly stupid that it's offensive.

December 16 2013 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

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