SNAPPED: Jackson rallies against trophy hunting

JACKSON, Wyo. — Roughy half a dozen people gathered on the Town Square Saturday afternoon to demonstrate against trophy hunting.

The demonstration was part of a global movement, the Worldwide Rally Against Trophy Hunting (WRATH), led by Compassion Works International. Locally it was hosted by Jackson-based Wyoming Wildlife Advocates.

Most participants were local, but some had traveled to Jackson for the weekend by choice or by chance. Jimmy Stone was in from Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He said he wasn’t in town for the rally specifically, but had been aware of and involved in wolf and wildlife issues for a long time.

The day of action globally was primarily a protest against the Safari Club International Convention hosted in Reno, Nevada last weekend. But the issues are close to home, organizers say. Kristin Combs, executive director for Wyoming Wildlife Advocates, said one of the goals of the protest in Jackson is to raise awareness about the loss of Wyoming’s wolves to trophy hunting. Roughly 85 wolves were reported killed in 2018, and at least 58 in 2019.

It’s not all hunting they have a problem with, Combs clarified. Indeed, she said, sustenance hunting is sustainable and healthy. But hunting predators, particularly when they attract tourist dollars, “senseless slaughter,” she said.

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