WILDLIFE — Looks like everyone's a winner in this deal.
- The Idaho predator derby organizers wanted to make a point that they don't like wolves. And they're point was made on a huge stage of publicity.
- No wolves were killed in a previous derby even though licensed wolf hunting is legal in Idaho.
- Pro-wolf groups wanted to make their case and line their coffers with donations. Opportunity seized; mission accomplished.
A week after Bureau of Land Management Idaho Falls District Manager Joe Kraayenbrink issued a permit to Idaho for Wildlife to expand its predator derby onto BLM lands, Kraayenbrink rescinded that permit, citing modifications made in the derby's regulations. Idaho for Wildlife Executive Director Steve Alder said he believes the two lawsuits filed after the permit was issued and “D.C. bureaucrats” led to the permit being pulled. Alder said the derby would go on as scheduled on U.S. Forest Service and private lands.
—Idaho Mountain Express