Idaho Sheriff’s Department Raffle Openly Advocated Wolf Poaching

24 Apr

**Update April 25, 2012** A small piece was written on this in the Idaho Statesman Tuesday afternoon. In the article the Sheriff “digs” a deeper hole for himself by claiming that SSS in this case means “safety, security and survival.” Yes, I get that exact impression seeing this man holding a shovel, a gun, and a gun rack that has an image of a “hunter” aiming at a howling wolf. Shouldn’t honesty be a requirement for a law enforcement official? Keep up the pressure.

For 14 years I worked as a 911 dispatcher for a municipal police department until our dispatch center was closed in 2011. Although I knew of many unethical activities within the law enforcement community, I never witnessed open advocating for breaking the law. It seems that a sheriff’s department in Idaho does not share those same ethics.

Yesterday, fellow wildlife advocates posted a link to the Facebook page belonging to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department in Idaho. Included among the various postings were photographs showing the County Sheriff posing with a rifle, a shovel, and a gun rack that reads “Idaho County Sheriff 308 SSS Wolf Pack” showing a “hunter” taking aim at a howling wolf. Apparently these items were being raffled by the department for a fundraiser in early 2011.

For anyone not familiar with the term “SSS” it is a wolf hater acronym that stands for “Shoot, Shovel, and Shut Up.” This is the mantra of the modern day wolf hating poacher. In other words it means to shoot a wolf, bury it, and don’t say a word to anyone about it. How classy. An agency that is sworn to uphold the rule of law advocating and providing tools for poaching an animal that was still under federal protection at the time. Here are the links to the photographs and contact information for this agency:

Idaho County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page

Idaho County Sheriff’s Department Website

The County Sheriff in the photograph:

Sheriff Doug Giddings

320 West Main Street
Grangeville, ID 83530
Phone 208-983-1100
Fax 208-983-1359

The “mission statement” of this agency:

“The mission of the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is to uphold the law fairly and firmly; to prevent crime; to pursue and bring to justice those who break the law; to perform our statutory duties; to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and of the State of Idaho; to protect, help and reassure the community; and to be seen to do all this with integrity, common sense and sound judgment.

We must be compassionate, courteous and patient, acting without fear or favor or prejudice to the rights of others. We must be professional, calm and restrained in the face of violence and apply only that force which is necessary to accomplish our lawful duty.

We shall strive to reduce the fears of the public and, so far as we can, to reflect their priorities in the actions we take. We must respond to well founded criticism with a willingness to change.”

That last sentence says it all. Let’s see how well they respond to criticism and what their willingness to change really is. Advocating poaching is not upholding the law, and for a law enforcement agency to so brazenly publicize this is clearly unacceptable. Jobs need to be lost over this.


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16 responses to “Idaho Sheriff’s Department Raffle Openly Advocated Wolf Poaching

  1. chance

    April 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    These people will not stop torturing and persecuting wolves- they will have to be stopped. The FEDERAL Government was extremely naive to think that the state of IDAHO would manage wolves responsibly…..

  2. owstarr

    April 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Every single one of these public servants should lose their job. No one is above the law, most particularly NOT those that are supposedly sworn to uphold it.

    This is a revolting abuse of their position of power and authority. The moment they encourage people to violate the law they are complicit in the crimes committed.

    This is an outrage we should not let stand.

    • rali74

      April 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      I tell you during my time as a dispatcher I worked with some incompetent and unethical buffoons with badges and guns, but nothing like this. I wonder what Idaho law is regarding a law enforcement agency advocating illegal behavior? I would guess since it is Idaho there is probably nothing covering that. I wonder if the feds could look into this? Of course I don’t have much faith in them either. Wow, am I cynical or what?

      • Pete Braun

        April 25, 2012 at 12:29 am

        Well, someone needs to investigate this. Maybe INTERPOL could look into this. You think people in Idaho hate the feds? They would LOATHE international authority getting involved in their neck of the woods!

  3. Mack P. Bray

    April 24, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    County governments and Sheriff’s Departments are factions of state governments. As such, they fall under the jurisdiction of the respective state’s attorneys general. So the Idaho Attorney General should investigate this incident Sheriff Giddings was responsible for and prosecute him if he’s guilt of any crimes, such as aiding and abetting poaching of wolves that were then on the endangered species list.

  4. Bobette Traul

    April 25, 2012 at 12:07 am

    rali- learned something new about you. I read about this in the Id. Statesman last night. They claimed it was a joke. I left a nasty comment that this was no joke and wolf advocates are not in a mood for jokes. The poaching is new. It just keeps comming doesn’t it.

    • rali74

      April 25, 2012 at 12:17 am


      You are certainly right that this isn’t a joke. This is an example of institutional corruption where law enforcement officials are openly advocating for poaching a species that was under federal protection at the time. This is also an example of the poisoned mindset that you are seeing in each state where wolves currently reside. This sheriff is flat out lying in his explanation of this. the gun rack itself shows a “hunter” aiming at a howling wolf, and gee the shovel sure makes it look like he was talking about “safety, security, and survival. Is it just me or is it crazy for a law enforcement agency to be providing guns to the general public? I am ashamed to reside in the same country with people like these. Shouldn’t honesty be one of the things law enforcement should be advocating rather than lying themselves.

  5. Bobette Traul

    April 25, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Just saw the Pres. on Jimmy Falon[sp?]. I guess he tweets. I don’t. Otherwise, I’d try. Oh, I called the sherriff an ass. They wouldn’t take it. I’m going to the Statesman now. Bet it’s getting hot.

  6. Shelly Bristow

    April 25, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I was posting this like crazy yesterday. Why? Because we are supposed to be able to count on and trust our law enforcement to uphold the law.NOT BREAK IT. This isn’t about wolves…this is about being in a position of power and setting an example. I admire the work and sacrifice that so many honorable law enforcement agents make. I feel like these two men are making a mockery of a very noble profession. Shame on them.

  7. Cali Cheshelski

    April 25, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Just a small piece of their dirty little secrets exposed and backed by the the corrupt Government that keeps it going. Idaho, Montana is the worst and Wyoming. same dirty secrets, same dirty Government. Most definately full blooded bastards! end up being only wanna be men.

  8. Rick Boheler

    April 25, 2012 at 9:31 am

    just take a look at the expressions on their faces, the low brows, struggling to think, to comprehend… obviously these three are ignorant, uneducated, possibly, still trying to evolve

  9. christine botelho

    April 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Love how this Sheriff is back peddling when his sheetmetal sign contradicts him! BS!

  10. Gail Devlin Kenney

    April 25, 2012 at 11:14 am

    How do you get these people out of office? Where do you complain if your not from Idaho?

  11. chance

    April 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    This mindset has been advanced by the Gov of Idaho. He is beholden to ranching interests in his state so therefore he hates wolves, really all predators in fact. He is an ignorant person who unfortunately has power for which he does not deserve. This is “Redneck Governance” at it’s worst. A perfect example is the Frank Church Wilderness area. Over 2.3 million acres and the rednecks in Idaho cannot just let it be. Tonight there will be a repeat airing of “River of no return” on PBS which has some spectacular footage of Idaho.

  12. Bobette Traul

    April 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I had to find my old dictionary. I forgot how to spell. They removed the sherriff blog.

  13. Richard White

    April 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Bottom line.. why are these people still in office & how quick can we get them out .And if i’m not from Idaho how can i help you all get there asses out ? Ever day there in there they are killing more of our beautiful wolfs !


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