Fewer hunters participated in the second annual wolf and coyote derby in Salmon this weekend and they didn’t kill any wolves for the second year in a row.
Publicity around the decision by the Bureau of Land Management to withdraw its permission for participants in the Predator Hunting Contest and Fur Rendezvous, sponsored by Idaho for Wildlife made many hunters think it was called off, said Steve Alder, director of Idaho for Wildlife.
So while 125 signed up fewer than 100 actually were in the field, Alder said. They killed 30 coyotes, down from 2014.
Alder said the hunting turned off after the late morning earthquake centered at Challis Saturday. He and others attributed the behavior change to the 4.9 earthquake that could be felt across Idaho.
“I really do think the earthquake saved a bunch of coyotes,” Alder, of Lewiston said. Alder said he has be flooded with phone calls and e-mails from people who have labeled him a wolf hater. He said he was not anti-wolf just pro management.
But Idaho for Wildlife’s Facebook page has a number of bloody photos of wild animals and livestock that had been killed by wolves.