21 coyotes, no wolves shot in disputed Idaho derby

21 coyotes, no wolves shot in disputed Idaho derby

21 coyotes, no wolves shot in disputed Idaho derby

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 30 at 1:03 PM

BOISE, Idaho -- Organizers of a predator derby in Idaho say 21 coyotes but no wolves were shot by more than 230 hunters.

Steve Alder of Idaho for Wildlife, the weekend event's promoter, said the low tally helps prove sport hunting isn't an 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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