Federal Wildlife Officials Analyzing 38,000 Comments On Idaho Wolf Derby

Oct 28, 2014

Credit Jim Peaco / Yellowstone National Park

Federal officials are going through some 38,000 comments concerning a proposed wolf- and coyote-hunting derby on public land in the east-central part of the state.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's extended comment period ended last Thursday concerning Idaho for Wildlife's request for a Jan. 2-4 competitive event near Salmon.

If the agency grants the permit it will be good for additional derbies for five years.

BLM officials are analyzing the impacts of an estimated 500 hunters on about 3 million acres of BLM land over a three-day period.

Spokeswoman Sarah Wheeler tells KIFI-TV that the agency expects to make a decision next week.

The event last winter was held on U.S. Forest Service land and private land. Hunters killed 21 coyotes but no wolves.