|CONTROVERSIAL HUNT PLANNED|
PREDATOR DERBY 12-18-13 LMS
Councilman-elect Rob Jackson gave the December 18 meeting of the Salmon City Council an update on the Predator Derby scheduled for December 28th and 29th.
Jackson, speaking during the council’s Roundtable discussion, said the event is being sponsored by the Salmon Chapter of the sportsman’s group “Idaho for Wildlife.”
He said the two-day coyote and wolf hunt will be a big fiasco and hopefully not a gigantic one. He clarified he was not asking the city to take a side concerning the hunt which is about raising awareness of wolf impacts, including tapeworms and serious diseases that can be spread to humans. Jackson expects the Predator Derby will bring many people to Salmon who are both for and against the hunt. He mentioned that those people will be buying gasoline, and food and overnight accommodations.
Jackson said organizers do have one concern and that is that opponents will attempt to break up the sign-in process. He said registration for the hunt will take place Friday, December 27th from 4 to 8PM at 93 Outdoor Sports and it would be good to have at least a couple of police officers on hand to deter any negative behavior.
Jackson added that all Idaho Fish and Game rules and regulations will apply during the hunt.
Following Jackson’s remarks Mayor Leo Marshall, Councilman Jim Baker and Councilman Fred Waidely all said they have received emails from people in opposition to the hunt as well as the city’s allowing it to happen. It was explained that city officials have not and will not reply to any of the communications because the city is in no way involved with the Predator Derby.
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