Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings told the Lewiston Tribune in March 2011 when the photo was first posted that the SSS in the raffle for a .308 rifle was not shoot, shovel and shut up, as the traditional answer to solving the wolf problem is portrayed in the rural West.
Instead, he said it stands for "safety, security and survival," the Associated Press reported. So now this picture (from left, Giddings with shovel, rifle winner Norm Sonnen of Greencreek, and Undersheriff Jim Gorges), which they posted on Facebook, has gone viral. Wolf advocates aren't getting the joke.
"Idaho County seems to be lawless if you are a friend of wolves," said Lynne Stone, a wolf advocate from Hailey.
Sheriff Giddings returned my call April 25 because, he said, he had phone issues. His point to me is that they don't need to make the same point about federal limitations this year because people can go out and get license to shoot wolves now that they are off the endangered species list.
The drawing raised $13,000 for eight elementary schools, four high schools and the Idaho County food bank. But with the star power wolves have, I've got to believe he might have raised more if he could find a way to get wolf lovers involved instead of turned off.