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Wolf-hunting contest backlash threatens northern tourism

An accomplished nature photographer is urging a tourism boycott of the Alaska Highway next year to protest a contest offering cash and prizes for hunting wolves.

John Marriott, who grew up in Salmon Arm but lives in Canmore, Alta., said he believes the hunt is unethical and should be stopped immediately.

“Hunting is a time-honoured tradition that is about putting food on your table and getting out on the land; it is not a contest for killing the biggest this or that or for nurturing a hatred of one species.

A story in The Vancouver Sun on Tuesday revealed that hunters who enter the contest and kill the biggest wolves stand to receive $250 to $1,000 and up. There is also a booby prize of $150 for the smallest wolf and draws for prizes such as a rifle and free taxidermy work. The contest continues through March 31 with each hunter able to enter up to three wolves…

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