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Idaho Wolf Derby Doesn’t Need Forest Service Permit, Court Rules

posted May 18, 2017, 8:09 AM by chloe owens

4/11/17, by Keith Ridler, The Spokesman-Review

Idaho wolf derby doesn’t need Forest Service permit, court rules

Organizers of a wolf and coyote-shooting contest in east-central Idaho say they’re looking at other parts of the state for similar contests on U.S. Forest Service land following a federal court ruling. “Having this lawsuit out of the way and having this legal precedent, we will probably consider it a lot greater now,” Steve Alder, Idaho for Wildlife’s executive director, said Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Bush in a 20-page ruling late last month said Idaho for Wildlife didn’t need a permit from the U.S. Forest Service to hold the contest. He ruled that Idaho for Wildlife’s Predator Hunting Contest is not a commercial event because it doesn’t charge participation fees and under Forest Service regulations doesn’t need a special use permit.