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Stop Coyote Killing Contest: one petition, one letter

January 30, 2013
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BACKGROUND

Please join Project Coyote and a coalition of organizations in calling on the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CADFW) and the California Fish & Game Commission (Commission) to stop a proposed coyote killing contest hunt planned for early February in Modoc County, California, and to conduct a top-to-bottom evaluation of the State’s approach to managing predators in California.

Specific details about the contest hunt:

What: “Coyote Drive 2013” Coyote Contest Hunt sponsored by the Pit River Rod and Gun Club along with Adin Supply
Where: Adin Supply Company, Adin, CA
When: Feb. 8-10, 2013
More info.: http://www.adinsupply.com/coyote%20drive.htm

Killing coyotes- or any wild animal- as part of a ‘contest’ ‘tournament’ or ‘drive’ is ethically indefensible, ecologically reckless, and contravenes new legislation (AB 2402) that Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law that requires the Fish & Game Commission to use “ecosystem based management” and the best available science in the stewardship of California’s wildlife. The contest hunt planned for Adin, CA, also poses a significant threat to the recovery of gray wolves in California. This region is where OR-7 (aka “Journey” – the only federally protected gray wolf known to be in California) has been known to range, and contest hunts like the one proposed are a threat to his safety and the safety of any other un-collared wolves who may roam the area.


PETITION

Please click HERE to sign


WHOM TO CONTACT

Email block:

Director@wildlife.ca.gov ; fgc@fgc.ca.gov

Individual:

California Department of Fish & Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham: Director@wildlife.ca.gov
California Fish & Game Commission: fgc@fgc.ca.gov


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Director Bonham, California Department of Fish & Wildlife Commissioners, and California Fish & Game Commission:

I strongly oppose California’s sanctioning of wildlife killing contests – in particular the upcoming “Coyote Drive 2013” scheduled for Feb. 8-10 in Adin. Not only are such contest hunts offensive in their wanton waste of wildlife and disregard for the important ecological role coyotes (and other predators) play in maintaining ecosystem health and species diversity, but they also pose a significant threat to the recovery of gray wolves in California. This region is where OR-7 (aka “Journey”) has been known to range, and while DFW staff have expressed their concerns for the safety of OR-7 (and any other un-collared wolves who may roam the area), this contest hunt continues year after year.

It is time that the Department of Fish and Wildlife conduct a top-to-bottom evaluation of its approach to managing predators in California, including a review of current scientific literature and of proven practices that may be more likely to yield better outcomes for wildlife, other animals, and people. Governor Jerry Brown recently signed legislation (AB 2402) requiring the agency to use “ecosystem based management” approaches and it makes good sense to start at the top – with the species upon whose viability our entire ecosystem depends.

Please make this a priority at your February meeting and please do everything in your power to stop this planned coyote killing contest hunt.

Thank you for taking my concerns into consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

[Your name]


a contest to see how much blood
will be spilling,
such wanton cruelty and savagery,
is much more than chilling.
that in this horror, anyone could revel.
are they just lower forms of “human”,
or tools of the devil!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


9 Comments leave one →
  1. lindabadham permalink
    January 30, 2013 3:54 pm

    WHAT A DISRACEFUL DISGUSTING EVIL TERRIBLE THING TO DO. ! THIS IS CARNAGE AND SLAUGHTER OF ANIMALS THAT HAVE AS MUCH RIGHT TO LIVE ON THIS EARTH AS ANY HUMAN. THE CREATOR OF LIFE WORKED HIS PLAN OUT TO PERFECTION. MEANING -THERES ENOUGH ROOM ON THIS EARTH FOR EVERYTHING THAT BREATHES.SHAME ON THE BASTARDS WHO COMMIT THIS CRIME. I WOULDN’T WANT TO REAP WHAT YOU HAVE SOWN BUT REAP YOU SURELY WILL !!!!

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  2. January 30, 2013 4:06 pm

    This is sooo depressing when will the kiling stop seems like people just look for animals to kill its an absolute outrage furthermore i would seriiously have to question the mental state of any hman that participates in the harming or death of any animal as statistics show that humans who harm animals go on to harm humans these people are monsters! GLADLY signed the petition and senyt off email thanks Stacey for alerting me to this i alsoo shared this in several places

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  3. January 30, 2013 6:55 pm

    Thank you for this post. A link to your article has been added to our facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/TheAnimalSpirits.

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  4. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    January 31, 2013 4:20 am

    a contest to see how much blood
    will be spilling,
    such wanton cruelty and savagery,
    is much more than chilling.
    that in this horror, anyone could revel.
    are they just lower forms of “human”,
    or tools of the devil!

    Like

  5. January 31, 2013 9:21 am

    A COYOTE SHOOTING CONTEST….JUST HOW LOW AND DISGUSTING CAN SOME HUMANS GET? We are the most wicked and lowlife of creatures and will ultimately end what was once a beautiful planet…..I just hope that when the end comes, ALL HUNTERS become the hunted for all eternity!!!

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