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December 20, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Idaho hunter pushes for wolf derby; opponents say it’s inhumane

By JOHN MILLER
Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho outfitter is organizing a post-Christmas contest where two-person teams of hunters will be awarded $2,000 in cash prizes and trophies for shooting wolves and coyotes, angering animal advocates who brand it as a “wolf slaughter.”

Shane McAfee, who guides clients on hunts around Salmon, Idaho, downplays the bloodlust angle of this hunting derby, which encourages kids to participate. He expects relatively few predators to be shot during the event Dec. 28-29.

McAfee contends he’s mostly aiming to boost local business — 300 hunters might participate, he said — and raise awareness about a parasite he believes could be transmitted from wolf feces to domestic dogs and possibly humans.

By contrast, the Humane Society of the United States labels the derby as inhumane. Lisa Kauffman, its Idaho director, said the tapeworm angle is a red-herring, too, as foes “use every excuse they can come up with” as they seek to reduce predator numbers and turn public opinion against wolves reintroduced to the state in 1995.

“This is a wolf massacre,” wrote Wayne Pacelle, the Washington, D.C.-based animal-rights group’s president, in a letter to members Thursday. “Rewarding shooters (including young children) with prizes takes us back to an earlier era of wanton killing that so many of us thought was an ugly, ignorant and closed chapter in our history.”

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December 13, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Mystery bullet killed Yakima teen hunter

The Associated Press NEWPORT, Pend Oreille County — Authorities in Pend Oreille County are still trying to find out who killed a Yakima teen who was shot while hunting with family members in the northeast corner of Washington. The Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that all the firearms carried by the teen and members of the hunting party…

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October 28, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Pullman boy, 12, wounded in hunting accident

COLFAX,  Whitman County (AP) — A 12-year-old Pullman boy was seriously wounded in a hunting accident Saturday, but he is expected to survive. The boy was shot accidentally while hunting with members of his family, according to the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office. The boy was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. The state Fish and Wildlife…

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September 5, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Idaho girl suffered head injury in hunting accident

A 10-year-old south-central Idaho girl suffered a head wound during a weekend hunting accident. Cedar Glaesemann of the Jackson area was accidentally shot after she fell Sunday morning while carrying a .410 shotgun, The Times-News reports. The girl was dove hunting with her brother, father and grandfather, Cassia County officials said. The girl was taken to…

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September 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Victim ID’d in fatal Okanogan County shooting

The hunter whose death in Okanogan County is being investigated as a homicide has been identified as Michael R. Carrigan, 52, of Hoquiam. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank T. Rogers said Carrigan was shot about 7 p.m. Monday while grouse hunting with a companion in the remote Pontiac Ridge area northeast of Tonasket. Carrigan’s companion, George R. Stover, 65,…

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September 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM

10-year-old Idaho girl accidentally shot on hunting trip

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — Officials in Cassia County say a 10-year-old Burley girl was accidentally shot Sunday during a family hunting trip in south-central Idaho. Details of the incident weren’t released, bu the Cassia County sheriff’s office said the family called 911 about 10 a.m. Sunday to report the shooting. The girl was taken by ambulance to…

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