By KEITH RIDLER | Associated Press
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group that overcame a court challenge last winter to hold a wolf-and coyote-shooting derby is seeking a permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to roughly double the area for a second event this winter.
Steve Alder of Idaho for Wildlife says the tentative dates for the derby in the east-central part of the state are Jan. 2-3.
The BLM plans to make public an environmental analysis Thursday and take public comments for 15 days. The agency says about 1,500 square miles are involved.
Environmental groups say they will contest the permit.
A federal judge last year ruled the hunting group didn't need a permit from the U.S. Forest Service after environmental groups sued.
The December 2013 event drew 230 people who killed 21 coyotes but no wolves.