Idaho is set to become home to a brutal wolf slaughter the week after Christmas.
On Dec 28-29, a senseless “Coyote & Wolf Derby” is being hosted by Idaho for Wildlife, an anti-wolf group whose Salmon Chapter representative is Shane McAfee. McAfee owns Castle Creek Outfitters, one of the derby’s sponsors, along with other outfitters. When contacted by phone, McAfee said media inquiries were not welcome.
A chief reason that Idaho wolves are being slaughtered is because big-game outfitters don’t want them eating “their” elk. Organizers admit that one purpose of the event is to show the world that no one can stop them from killing wolves. Trophies and prize money will be awarded for such hunting objectives as killing the largest wolf and the most female coyotes. Children as young as 10 years of age are being invited to participate. What are we teaching our children?
The Basin Butte Pack could have brought millions of eco-tourism dollars to the Salmon/Stanley area. Instead, the wolves from that pack have all been killed. Wolf slaughter is out of control. We have about 650 wolves now, but that number is being reduced to 300 or less by hunting, trapping and snaring. In lieu of respect for the wolves in our beautiful state as a vital part of the eco-system, the mentality is now, “Wolves for Cash.” In Salmon, for sure.
Editor’s note: McAfee did return a call from the Idaho Mountain Express newsroom and his comments were included in a news story about the event published last week.