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Salmon, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Despite demands from protesters, to put a halt to the Idaho wolf derby, the event got underway Saturday morning in Salmon.
The event gained national attention from animal rights activists who argue the killing of wolves is unethical.
However, a federal judge giving the go ahead Friday afternoon for the derby to proceed.
One resident shares her thoughts about the attention the area is receiving.
Salmon resident Theresa Butt says, "I'm here in Salmon for about 9 years now, I made my home here as a choice. I love the community, the small town feel, the fact that we all stick together. And one of the things we're really concerned with right now is how we're being represented in the press."
The event will end Sunday with a $1,000 prize being awarded for the largest wolf killed.
Wolves became big game animals in Idaho after Federal Endangered Species Act protections were lifted in 2011.