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21 coyotes, no wolves shot in disputed Idaho derby

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21 coyotes, no wolves shot in disputed Idaho derby

The derby near Salmon became embroiled in a fight between its organizers and environmentalists in U.S. District Court, where a judge allowed the event to proceed as planned.
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Organizers of a disputed weekend predator derby in central Idaho’s mountains say 21 coyotes but no wolves were shot by more than 230 hunters who participated.

The derby near Salmon became embroiled in a fight between its organizers and environmentalists in U.S. District Court, where a judge allowed the event to proceed as planned.

Organizers of the derby argued they were seeking to publicize wolves’ impact on local elk herds as well as possible disease risks with the competition, while foes including WildEarth Guardians said the event was a “wolf slaughter” that glorified the killing of an animal that just two years ago had lost protections of the Endangered Species Act through an act of Congress.

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