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21 Coyotes, No Wolves Shot In Disputed Idaho Derby

Dec. 30, 2013 | AP
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  • A gray wolf lays in a field of grass. Organizers of a predator derby in Idaho say 21 coyotes but no wolves were shot by about 60 hunters recently. credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
A gray wolf lays in a field of grass. Organizers of a predator derby in Idaho say 21 coyotes but no wolves were shot by about 60 hunters recently. | credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | rollover image for more

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Organizers of a predator derby in Idaho say 21 coyotes but no wolves were shot by about 60 hunters.

Steve Alder of Idaho for Wildlife, the weekend event’s promoter, said the low tally helps prove sport hunting isn’t a very effective tool in managing Idaho’s wolves.

The derby near Salmon in Idaho’s mountains proceeded after a fight between its organizers and environmentalists in U.S. District Court.

A judge Friday ruled against event foes including WildEarth Guardians who wanted the derby scotched on grounds the U.S. Forest Service hadn’t issued a permit.

U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Wagahoff Dale decided no permit was needed.

Alder’s group offered two separate, $1,000 prizes — one for the hunter who killed the biggest wolf, the other for the hunter who bagged the most coyotes.

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