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California Lynch Mob Targeting Cayotes

Animals  (tags: cayotes, abuse, animalrights, cruelty, death, endangered, habitat, humans, protection, slaughter, suffering )

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In a scene all too reminiscent of something out of the movie, Mississippi Burning, a rural sheriff is urging his hate-filled, violence-prone constituents to defy federal law enforcement officers.

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Scott haakon (4)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 10:58 pm
There needs to be more information. Coyotes can be a grand pest. Wolves their larger and more dangerous cousin are another story. Some animals adapt. Coyotes in Chicago reportedly have adapted to a monogamous life style(actually usually the alpha male and alpha female are the only ones in the pack to mate). If there is no pack to run with the pair bonding seems to occur.
We should urge all parties to sit down and arrive at a conclusion. I have many questions that the article did not address. Have people lost livestock? Been attacked? Is there rabies? It is important to have these questions answered. There may be other experimental ways of controlling out of range packs. But if the sides get polarized then no one will talk.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 11:28 pm
There is no excuse for a crazed mob to slaughter hundreds of wild animals! It's inhuman and cruel and teaches the younger generation that it is good and satisfying to kill animals! There must be different ways to address this problem!

Danuta W (1248)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 5:51 am

Mike H (252)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 5:57 pm
Just a bunch of cowardly cretins

Leslene Dunn (84)
Monday February 11, 2013, 12:20 am
Noted - and so should a lynch mob be targeting these vicious and savage bastards!

Past Member (0)
Monday February 11, 2013, 5:51 am
Another mob of hate filled hunters This says its another contest All they seem to do is have killing contests for animals and you may get a big gun as a prize for how many you have killed Great more guns!! This is not a legitimate cull or a few that they are talking about by a few government rangers because of over population, attacking stock etc These are just bloodthirsty men out to kill and for prizes Hope they all get brought to justice and as you say maybe lynch the hunters for a change they are not interested in any eco system Its just to kill as many animals as they can

Natalie V (27)
Monday February 11, 2013, 2:56 pm

Valentina R (12)
Monday February 11, 2013, 3:36 pm
Not only wolves, but coyotes too now? Humans really love to kill innocent creatures.

Michelle S (462)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 6:54 pm
From the author:

For Immediate Release, February 8, 2013

Modoc County Sheriff Goes Rogue, Vows to Defy Federal Laws During Coyote Hunt

Hunt Continues Despite Public Opposition, Concerns over California’s Lone Wolf

SAN FRANCISCO — The Animal Welfare Institute, Project Coyote and Center for Biological Diversity are seeking an immediate investigation of Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter for his decision to defy federal laws and advocate the violation of those laws during this weekend’s Coyote Drive 13, a coyote-killing contest in and near Modoc County.

A letter to the editor of the Modoc County Recorder on Feb. 7 by Sheriff Poindexter said he won’t “tolerate any restriction of legal hunting on our public lands” despite federal laws prohibiting or regulating coyote hunting on federal lands in and near Modoc County. He also recommended that any hunt participant who is questioned or detained by federal enforcement officials for illegally hunting on federal lands to “cooperate but stand their ground and call the Sheriff’s Office” and that sheriff deputies “absolutely will not tolerate any infringement upon your liberties pertaining to accessing or legally hunting on your public lands.”

“Despite claiming to uphold the U.S. Constitution, Sheriff Poindexter has decided he will not enforce and is encouraging others to flout those federal laws which he opposes,” said D.J. Schubert, wildlife biologist with the Animal Welfare Institute. “This is a blatant breach of his duty as a law enforcement officer and a violation of the Law Enforcement Code of ethics.”

The groups have contacted the district attorney for Modoc County, the California Attorney General’s office, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California and a number of state and federal agencies advising them of Sheriff Poindexter’s comments and asking for urgent intervention.

“These laws are on the books to protect our public lands and the wildlife that live there. Not only does this coyote hunt put OR-7 and other wolves at risk, but now it’s also shaping up to be some kind of Wild West misadventure where the sheriff is thumbing his nose at federal laws,” said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer at the Center for Biological Diversity.

Poindexter’s statement comes in the wake of public outcry that generated more than 20,000 letters, emails, and petition signatures into the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Fish and Game Commission calling for an end to Coyote Drive 2013 and a top-to-bottom evaluation of the state’s approach to managing predators in California.

“Given the serious potential for violations of state and federal laws barring predator hunting on public lands, the threat this hunt poses to OR-7 and any un-collared wolves in the area, and the public’s clear opposition to this killing contest, the state should take immediate action to call off Coyote Drive 2013 now,” said Camilla Fox, Project Coyote executive director and a wildlife consultant to the Animal Welfare Institute.


Project Coyote promotes educated coexistence between people and coyotes by championing progressive management policies that reduce human-coyote conflict, supporting innovative scientific research, and by fostering respect for and understanding of America’s native wild “song dog.”

The Animal Welfare Institute is dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people. AWI engages policymakers, scientists, industry and the public to achieve better treatment of animals everywhere — in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home, and in the wild.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 450,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

You can find the Stop the Coyote Contest Hunt Petition at

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Friday February 15, 2013, 1:59 am
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