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Help Stop “Coyote & Wolf Derby” in Salmon, Idaho

December 17, 2013
Project Coyote

Project Coyote


Please join Project Coyote in protest of an indefensible coyote and wolf killing “derby” ironically scheduled on the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Endangered Species Act, our nation’s safety-net for wildlife, that brought wolves back from the brink of extinction. It is imperative that everyone speak out against this atrocity scheduled in just two weeks. Time is ctitical.

This is not hunting but a gratuitous massacre that is legal in Idaho and across the country. Prizes will be offered to contestants who kill the largest wolf and the most female coyotes. Children as young as 10 are encouraged to compete, with prizes being offered to youth from the ages of 10-14.

These competitions are ethically indefensible and ecologically reckless, as well as a public safety risk, as shooters fan out across the landscape, trying to shoot large numbers of coyotes and wolves.

Specific details about the contest hunt:

What: “1st Annual 2 Day Coyote & Wolf Derby” brough to you by Idaho for Wildlife, Salmon Chapter, Sportsman Group
Where: Salmon, Idaho
When: Dec. 28th & 29th, 2013

A wolf tag can be purchased for as little as $11.75, permitting each hunter to shoot 4 to 10 wolves (depending on region). 154 wolves have been killed in Idaho since hunting season opened on August 30th. Idaho is showing the nation what happens to wolves following the removal of federal protections under the Endangered Species Act.


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Idaho Department of Fish & Game
Virgil Moore, Director
600 S. Walnut
Boise, ID 83720
(208) 334-2920

Idaho Department of Fish & Game
Will Naillon, Salmon Region IDFG Commissioner

Idaho Fish and Game Commission
Bob Barowsky, Chairman

Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter
P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720
(208) 334-2100

Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce
Charleane Hermosillo, Executive Director
Phone: (800) 727-2540, (208) 756-2100

Idaho Outfitters & Guides Association, Boise
John May, Executive Director
Phone: (208) 342-1438
(IOGA represents all outfitters in the state of Idaho. If you use Idaho outfitters for white water rafting, camping, backcountry skiing – please mention this and urge IOGA to speak out against having their members participate in a predator killing contest.)


These are talking points (please personalize your letter and if you recreate in Idaho please mention this):

Dear  Director Moore, Commissioner Naillon,  Chairman Barowsky, Governor Otter,  Executive Director Hermosillo, Executive Director May,

I have just read a gravely concerning alert regarding a vicious coyote and wolf killing “derby”, and I am writing to voice my opposition to such a barbaric “game”, especially since children are involved learning troubling lessons that animals are not sentient or entitled to not be tragically hunted and viciously killed.  Please allow me this opportunity to share a few points.

Technology, baiting, and “calling” place wildlife at an even greater and unfair disadvantage. Killing predators, or any wild animal, as part of a ‘contest’ or ‘derby’ is ethically indefensible and ecologically reckless.

Bloodsport contests are conducted for profit, entertainment, prizes and, simply, for the “fun” of killing. No evidence exists showing that predator killing contests control problem animals or serve any beneficial management function. Coyote populations that are not exploited (that is hunted, trapped, or controlled by other means), form stable “extended family” social structures that naturally limit overall coyote populations through defense of territory and the suppression of breeding by subordinate female members of the family group.

The importance of wolves, coyotes, and other predators in maintaining order, stability, and productivity in ecosystems has been well-documented in peer-reviewed scientific literature. Coyotes provide myriad ecosystem services that benefit humans including their control of smaller predators, rodents, and jackrabbits, which compete with domestic livestock for available forage. As apex predators wolves increase biodiversity and ecological integrity.

With fewer than 700 wolves in Idaho and poaching a common problem, allowing a killing contest of a species just off the endangered species list is reckless, indefensible and counter to sound science.

Economically, a live wolf is worth far more than a dead one. Wolf watching has brought in millions of dollars into Idaho and tourism is a major economic revenue source.

Wildlife killing contests perpetuate a culture of violence and send the message to children that life has little value and that an entire species of animals is disposable.

Additionally, wildlife killing contests put non-target animals, companion animals, and people at risk. Domestic dogs are sometimes mistaken for coyotes and wolves.

Please act responsibly and with compassion and cancel these barbaric contests. Until so, I will maintain that my only recourse would be to boycott Idaho for recreational purposes.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent appeal.


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what kind of person would
consider this a state of play
to pay to take an innocent’s
life away.
a derby of horror, fear and
sometimes i really wonder if
there is much intelligent
life out there :(

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

31 Comments leave one →
  1. December 17, 2013 12:28 pm

    Reblogged this on Vegan Lynx.


  2. December 17, 2013 2:08 pm

    Pinned it and added to my Scoop.It online newsletter (


  3. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    December 17, 2013 3:16 pm

    what kind of person would
    consider this a state of play
    to pay to take an innocent’s
    life away.
    a derby of horror, fear and
    sometimes i really wonder if
    there is much intelligent
    life out there 😦


  4. December 17, 2013 4:39 pm

    Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD" and commented:
    Please sign the Petition


  5. December 17, 2013 5:05 pm

    The image is grotesque. It looks as though it is taken in some backward country, in another century. It’s pure barbarism. It’s hard to believe this is taken in modern America!

    Have signed, of course.


    • December 17, 2013 5:27 pm

      I completely agree, very well-said! Thank you so much.


    • Jeff B permalink
      January 6, 2015 10:57 am

      The picture is not related the the derby at all. It is definitely not Salmon, Idaho.


  6. December 18, 2013 8:48 am

    tx stacey. have sent emails to everyone on the list. I refuse to purchase anything made in Idaho. And, when we drive through on our way to Yellowstone each year, we never stop for supplies/food/gas because am so opposed to their appalling lack of compassion when it comes to wildlife…..and, all the puppies mills that they ‘allow’ throughout the state.


  7. cliffjos54 permalink
    December 18, 2013 12:17 pm

    Why don’t we start a nationwide boycott against the one major product that Idaho exports. The Idaho Potato. I bet the potato farmers rule Idaho and what they say goes. If we could cause them economic problems ,I bet they would let their daughters marry a Wolf. Let’s Git Ur Done and stop the killing. Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:24:58 +0000 To:


  8. lunacoyote87 permalink
    December 19, 2013 9:50 am

    Reblogged this on Rocking the Suburbs and commented:
    Help stop this massacre!


  9. December 20, 2013 12:52 pm

    The Holocaust building . There were evil people that thought the Holocaust was a good thing. The evil people are all dead today and if any of them are alive they know how much evil they had done to humanity and they know they are scorned by most people today.


  10. Shanti permalink
    December 23, 2013 12:01 pm

    Anyone willing to accompany me to salmo, idaho and jeopardize the hundreds of traps sent?
    Please let me know asap. Its a valley. We need equipment and obviously planning.


  11. susan barber permalink
    December 23, 2013 8:01 pm

    why would anyone want to have a derby on killing these beautiful creatures? You all are crazy in the head if you think by killing these animals is a sport on top of it all you are teaching your children to be criminals, what is wrong with you all out there? You make me sick.


  12. December 24, 2013 4:40 pm

    Stacy, Top Menu “About nsnbc international” at – Contact details to the editor of the newspaper are there, also Scype.I He will be happy to HEAR about this, (don’t write, call) and publish about it in case you send him a neutral style, well sourced and documented article.. I’m sure, because the editor is me. 😉 So let me HEAR you..(don’t publish this comment)


  13. September 13, 2014 1:24 am

    An interesting discussion is definitely worth comment. There’s no
    doubt that that you ought to write more about this issue, it
    might not be a taboo matter but generally folks don’t speak about such subjects.
    To the next! Kind regards!!



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