December 24, 2013 Idaho’s Bloody Coyote and Wolf Derby
Yesterday (December 18, 2013) I received a very disturbing message from the co-founder of the International Wolf Center, Nancy Gibson. On December 28-29 (2013) Salmon, Idaho, intends on hosting a two-day coyote- and wolf-killing derby replete with trophies and cash prizes up to $1,000 for massacring these extraordinary canine predators.
This is a barbaric bloodlust one that has not taken place since 1974. Apparently the unconscious people behind this latest madness have regressed almost 40 years in time; rather than recognizing the importance of these magnificent predators, celebrating their existence on the landscape and protecting their wellbeing.
I have only one regret about reporting this kind of atrocity in “The War Against Nature.” For all those who incorrectly call themselves “sportsman,” I doubt very seriously that they would so brazenly with gall and effrontery partake in this one-sided affair if both the coyotes and wolves could shoot back.
The Idaho Fish & Game Department is aware of this ludicrous and archaic derby yet the agency will not stop this bloody free-for-all.
Let me remind you those wolves and coyotes are important predators that evolved on the North American continent and elsewhere; and their role in keeping ungulate populations from overgrazing vegetation, stripping streamside of plants, which causes mega erosion, destroying fish habitat and degrading water across the West is priceless — particularly in the drought-prone West in the midst of an unprecedented warming time.
Ranchers and bloody-thirsty backwood hunters may be bullies, but why should they be allowed to focus their wrath on these majestic beasts not dissimilar to you or I — they are simply trying to make a daily living and survive.
Please help the coyotes and wolves by signing this petition.
And this Christmas while you are in the giving mood — please consider learning more about the International Wolf Center and Wolf Song of Alaska — they need your help to protect these most worthy and admirable critters!
Earth Dr Reese Halter is an award-winning broadcaster and distinguished conservation biologist. His latest book with Chris Maser is Life, The Wonder of it All
Text © by Dr Reese Halter 2013. All rights reserved.