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Aerial-gunning foes ask Obama to ban practice

BOISE, Idaho. - A wildlife advocacy group has asked President Barack Obama to end aerial gunning of coyotes and other predators, citing an incident in Idaho where a shotgun-wielding
parachutist fired on a wolf as an example of how the practice is rife with abuses.
     
New Mexico-based WildEarth Guardians Friday asked Obama to issue an executive order.
     
The group's 39-page petition also urged the president to banish spring-loaded sodium cyanide devices and other predator poisoning methods from federal public land, on grounds they're dangerous and indiscriminate.
     
In June, an eastern Idaho sheep rancher was flying a powered parachute above a 160-acre sheep pen when he fired on a wolf.
     
Though it's unclear if the animal was actually hit, wolves in Idaho are considered big game, not predators. So shooting at them from the sky is illegal even with a state-issued airborne predator control permit.

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