Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Voice concerns over wildlife derby

    Regarding wildlife derbies and Idaho Fish and Game code: “Fish and Game will not support any contests or similar activities involving the taking of predators which may portray hunting in an unethical fashion, devalue the predator, and which may be offensive to the general public.”
    The wildlife derby that is planned for Salmon, Idaho, on BLM lands is repugnant and unethical. This is not hunting with sportsmen-like conduct but killing for sport and money. I am appalled that the wildlife I hold dear is treated with such a lack of respect. The idea that BLM and Idaho Fish and Game are even considering allowing something this sick gives Idaho (another) black eye. It is an embarrassment for the state.
    In an Idaho Mountain Express poll (Aug. 27) 95 percent of those responding (total 2,997) were in opposition to this derby. And, BLM knows, the majority of the first-round of comments were also overwhelmingly in opposition. I don’t understand why this issue is not dead and gone.
    Idahoans should be celebrating and working to maintain the diversity of wildlife that we are blessed with here. We are stewards of our natural gifts—stewards of wildlife and wildlands. Carcass counting for sport and profit is the antithesis of stewardship. Please let the Department of Fish and Game and the BLM hear from you.
Christine Gertschen
Sun Valley


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