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TAKE ACTION!! Coyote Hunt Brings Chorus of Protest ( PETITION POSTED IN ARTICLE!)

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STOP THIS HUNT BY FRIDAY!! A three-day coyote hunting contest is set to begin Friday near the town of Adin, in the northeastern corner of California. a bloodthirsty canine killing contest held for no other reason than the fun of watching a predator die.

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roxy H (350)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 12:34 pm
A coyote hunt scheduled this month in Modoc County has triggered outrage from conservation groups that launched a statewide campaign this week to stop what they characterize as a bloodthirsty canine killing contest held for no other reason than the fun of watching a predator die.

More than 20 wildlife conservation organizations wrote letters urging state and federal wildlife management agencies to halt the three-day "Coyote Drive 2013" scheduled to begin Friday in the woodlands around the rural town of Adin, in the far northeastern corner of California.

The plan for the seventh annual drive is for two-person teams to scatter into the hills. The team that guns down the most coyotes will be declared the winner. If there is a tie, the hunters who exact the largest death toll in the shortest amount of time will get top honors, according to the hunt guidelines.

Speeds breeding

The drive, which will cost $50 per team and include a gun raffle and T-shirt giveaway, is being touted as an attempt "to manage coyote populations in the Big Valley area."

"Killing coyotes or any wild animal as part of a contest or tournament is ethically indefensible, ecologically reckless and counter to sound science," said Camilla Fox, the executive director of Project Coyote and a wildlife consultant for the Animal Welfare Institute.

The irony, she said, is that shooting coyotes is a woefully inefficient way to manage coyote populations because it disrupts the carefully balanced hierarchy.

Studies have shown that coyotes breed more often and have more puppies when one of the pack leaders is killed. That's because, in a pack, alpha coyotes are the only animals that mate. When the alpha is killed, all the previously celibate females will mate.

It is why, after two centuries of trying to exterminate the wily canines, there are now more coyotes in more places in North America than there ever were before, said Fox, who co-wrote the book "Coyotes in Our Midst."

"It is well ensconced in science, after decades of research, that indiscriminately killing coyotes does not reduce coyote populations," Fox said. "If anything, indiscriminate killing can increase coyote populations."

The conservation groups, which also include the Center for Biological Diversity, insist that the hunt violates permitting requirements and that the hunters have failed to get the written permission from private landowners that is required by law.

Risk to lone wolf

The coalition also claims that the hunt's sponsors, the Pit River Rod and Gun Club and Adin Supply Outfitters, have not set any boundaries, leaving open the possibility of hunters killing animals in other counties. This could pose a threat to California's only known wolf and possibly other wolves that may have crossed the state line undetected, hunting opponents said.

"State wildlife officials have a duty to do everything in their power to protect gray wolves in California," said Amaroq Weiss, the West Coast wolf organizer for the Center for Biological Diversity, adding that the gray wolf is protected in California under federal law and is a candidate for protection under the California Endangered Species Act.

The sponsors, who could not be reached for comment, were, by all accounts, swamped with complaints after conservationists sent out letters, online notices and press releases.

Karen Kovacs, the wildlife program manager for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said protest letters and e-mails from as far away as France and Israel have been flowing into her office. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has since declared its land off limits. The Ash Creek Wildlife area, just outside Adin, is also off -limits to hunting, she said, but nothing can be done about hunting on private land.

"The expectation that wildlife officers will be available en masse on private land is a little unrealistic," said Kovacs, adding that the department does not have the personnel to scrutinize every hunter unless there is a trespassing complaint or other reported violation.

'Abuse of wildlife'

As for wolves being killed, she said, the only California wolf, known as OR7, is at least 100 miles away in northeastern Tehama County.

Coyotes, which generally weigh between 25 and 45 pounds, are one of the most adaptable animals in America. They mostly prey on small animals and generally avoid humans. There has been only one documented case of a coyote killing a human in history.

They have been known to kill sheep and small calves, but many ranchers say sheep dogs and other livestock guarding breeds have been very effective in controlling livestock predation by coyotes.

What's sad, Fox said, are the numerous photographs of dead coyotes that are posted online after every hunt.

"It's mind-boggling how much fun some participants get from the mass killing of animals that are so much like our beloved companion animals, their cousins the dog," she said. "It is wanton abuse of wildlife."

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roxy H (350)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 12:37 pm

roxy H (350)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 12:37 pm

1.Attend the California Fish & Game Commission meeting on February 6 and testify during the public comment period (using talking points below).
What: California Fish & Game Commission meeting
When: Wed. Feb. 6th @ 8:30 am (public comment period starts at 8:30 sharp so get there early to fill out a speaker card and find a seat)
Where: Resources Bldg., First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento
More information on the meeting here
Draft letter - please personalize and address to:

Director Charlton H. Bonham
California Department of Fish & Wildlife
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

California Fish & Game Commission
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1320
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Director Bonham/ Commissioners:

My name is ____________________ and I live in _____________________, California. [Include a one-sentence description of your experience with wildlife]

I am writing to 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 wolf OR-7 (aka “Journey”) has been known to range. Although Department of Fish and Wildlife 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 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 are more likely to yield better outcomes for wildlife, other animals and people. Governor Jerry Brown recently signed legislation (AB 2402), which requires the agency to use “ecosystem based management” and the best science in its stewardship of California's wildlife.

Please do everything in your power to stop this coyote huntin contest and use this as an opportunity to move California toward more responsible and ethical wildlife management.

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

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]


Thank you for taking action for wildlife!

Camilla H. Fox
Executive Director



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Angelika R (143)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 12:56 pm
Gladly signed and shared, thx Roxy! ("..letters from as far as France, etc..flowing in"-what did they think, the world is not watching or what?!)
C2 SUCKSSSS, glitches, glitches, note-it out of function etc..

Kit B (276)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 1:03 pm

signed tweeted and shared on facebook - Please stop killing Coyotes.

David C (129)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 1:08 pm

Nicole W (646)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 1:10 pm
signed and shared, thank you Roxy

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 1:42 pm
Noted and signed. That image of the dead is so sad and awefull. We must somehow make both the ignorant fleas and the governments see that this is not helping in the short or long term. These animals are vital to our ecosystem. Insanity.

Pat B (356)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 1:53 pm
Sickening picture.! Already signed, and passing this on to other friends. Thank you, Roxy.

Elle B (84)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 2:49 pm
Ty Roxy ~ signed

“Whenever I see a photograph of some sportsman grinning over his kill, I am always impressed by the striking moral and esthetic superiority of the dead animal to the live one.” ― Edward Abbey

"Every animal knows more than you do. ― Nimíipuu, The People [Nez Perce]

“Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul.” —Pythagoras, about 570–495 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

“The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.” —Hippocrates, 460 BC – c. 370 BC, "Father of Western Medicine"

“You have only to ask the cattle, for them to instruct you, and the birds of the sky, for them to inform you. The creeping things of earth will give you lessons, and the fish of the sea provide you an explanation: there is not one such creature but will know that the hand of God has arranged things like this! —Job 12:7-10, Holy Bible, Old Testament


Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 3:06 pm
Signed Roxy

Terry V (30)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 5:35 pm

Help Save Coyotes

Michael M (60)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 9:20 pm
Oboy Roxy, Thanks for posting the letter & recipients. I'll do this again, because they didn't seem to hear me the first time.

Yet another hunter I know tells me today about this:

He sez DON'T kill Coyote!
HIS reason is that they increase their reproduction mightily in response. I mention that deer with predators do this too.
Coyote is our wise and foolish laugher. You should hear his family joy when all return from the night's hunt, with all the yipping and babbling.

Much of Modoc County is brushy lava land. Too many tracks in the snow though.

Michael M (60)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 9:25 pm

Project Coyote just sent an email saying that they have 5000 signatures on petition.

What are the other 36 million of you waiting for?

Sign on por Don y Dona Coyote and their laughing little ones!

Leslene Dunn (84)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 10:21 pm
Noted and signed.

Christeen A (371)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 1:14 am

Wednesday February 6, 2013, 3:09 am
3,600 NEEDED
Thank you, Roxy !

Danuta W (1250)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 3:19 am

Joe R (190)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 8:01 am

Dana B (140)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 10:45 am
Signed, thank you

Autumn S (151)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 10:47 am
Signed and noted. I love what you said Elle, that is a wonderful way to look at this. TY, Roxy!

FulviaAway M (314)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 11:38 am
Already signed, thank you!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 11:43 am
Signed , Thanks Roxy .

Vicky P (476)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 1:22 pm
noted and signed

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 2:42 pm
More mad hunters So sickening all this killing for fun What is wrong with the mentality of these people
Have told them so in my own email sent tonight

noted thanks

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 10:25 pm

. (7)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 11:00 pm
Noted, already signed, thanks Roxy!

Marie W (67)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 11:16 pm

Gysele van Santen (213)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 12:41 am

Thursday February 7, 2013, 3:28 am
Noted Signed Previously. Thanks Roxy

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 5:00 am
Noted and signed.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 8:28 am
S&n thx:))

Michael M (60)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 8:40 am
It is time to completely end nonessential"sport" hunting.

I've messaged legislators on gun control being expanded to include:

No guns for poachers, those who participate in animal killing "competitions", or those who are convicted of any threats to environmental advocates or animal advocates.

Because felons are not permitted gun ownership, it is time to expand felony to terrorist threats even via email of website comment.

I hope you will join me.

Barb Knight (1688)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 4:36 pm
TY Roxy!!

MARINA M (125)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 6:02 am
This is Disgusting!! Signed! Thank you Roxy x

Elvira Escamilla Davila (60)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 12:31 pm
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