Travel around the north central Idaho region of Clearwater and Idaho counties near the Montana border and you'll spot bumper stickers that read; "S.S.S." Natives know that the letters stand for: "Shoot, Shovel and Shut up," as in shoot wolves but don't brag about it.
In that shadow, Idaho county sheriff's have launched a ".308 SSS Wolf Pack raffle." Tickets are $1 each and the prize is a Winchester .308 Model 70 Featherweight rifle and a shovel. Proceeds will go to the local food banks, schools and an alcohol and drug awareness program.
Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings bristled when asked by the Lewiston Tribune about the "S.S.S."
"It doesn't stand for anything," Giddings said. "It stands for anything you want ... it's kind of a play on letters."
The controversy over wolves moves back to the front burner Monday when Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, along with the governors of Montana and Wyoming, meet with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in Denver, Colo. The topic: wolf management. Salazar asked to meet with the governors, but a final settlement over wolf-related issues is not expected anytime soon.