Originally posted on Howling For Justice:
UPDATE: January 6, 2013 @ 6pm
The California Fish and Game C0mmission refused to take any action to stop the Coyote Killing Contest that starts Saturday in Modec County. Animal rights activists spoke out against the sadistic “contest” today in front of the game commission.
The commission gave testimony that OR7 is too far away from the “hunt” and implied he is not in any immediate danger.
Is the California Fish and Game Commission or California Department of Fish and Wildlife aware wolves can travel 25 to 50 miles per day, one wolf is on record traveling 100 miles while being pursued by hunters. The “contest” is several days away, making it very easy for OR7 to travel in that direction. OR7 has also been known to travel and play with coyotes. Having a bunch of yahoo’s with guns and hounds out in an area, not too far away from OR7, IS A CONCERN!!! AND aside from that coyotes are very important to the ecosystem. A reference was made recently concerning the outbreak of Hantavirus in Yosemite National Park. Well who eats rodents, specifically mice, that can carry the deadly Hantavirus? COYOTES!!
Predators are here for a reason. Mesopredators, like the coyote, help control disease by keeping the rodent population in check. Apex predators, like the wolf, keep ungulate herds healthy and exert a top down effect on ecosystems. Killing coyotes or any animals for fun is WRONG! It’s medieval and must be outlawed!
The only good thing to come out of the hearing was Commission president Mike Sutton “asked staff to clarify the board’s authority to regulate the contests.”…..Tracie Cone, AP
Once again, when we ask officials to stop the brutal hunting and torturing of animals, in this case killing as many coyotes as possible in three days to win a silver buckle, advocates get the proverbial finger!
Calif. officials to research coyote hunting laws
By TRACIE CONE
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UPDATE: January 6, 2013
Listen to the California Fish and Game Commission Meeting