The killing contests are not only barbaric, but the massive killing of coyotes by hunters, and USDA’s Wildlife Services defeats their purpose. Coyotes, if left alone do less damage to livestock. In Marin County, CA they’ve shown when livestock owners use non-lethal methods to protect their livestock they have less depredation. Some have 100% no depredation since they’ve stopped the massive killing of coyotes in conjunction with non-lethal methods to protect livestock.
Cha-ching, cha-ching. $$$$ Saving money, too.
Exposing the Big Game
Earlier this month
in a remote northeastern corner of California, residents in Modoc County slaughtered at least 40 coyotes in an annual killing contest known as the Adin “Coyote Drive.” In Crane, Oregon last month, the “Eight Annual JMK Coyote Hunting Contest ” advertised no geographic restrictions for its killing contest that resulted in the death of close to 150 coyotes last year. (The number of animals killed were not disclosed this year.) In Salmon, Idaho coyotes and wolves were targeted in the “1st Annual 2 Day Coyote & Wolf Derby” where 21 coyotes were gunned down on the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) – our nation’s safety net for wildlife that brought wolves back from the brink of extinction.
What do all of these killing contests have in common? They award prizes to those who kill the most individuals and the largest (and sometimes the most females) perpetuating…
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