We have learned of a Coyote Killing Contest in Central Oregon over a three day period from Friday, January 17 through Sunday, January 19, 2013.
The contest offers a special one-day free entry for children under 16. Cash, belt buckles and other prizes will be awarded to the two-man team killing the most coyotes by weight, the largest individual coyote, and more.
Please contact [see below*] the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service (USFS) to express your concerns, which may include the following:
• Commercial activities on public federal lands require special use permits and an environmental review to determine their impact on the ecosystem and the quality of the human environment.
• Are these agencies aware of this event?
• Participants are paying a one hundred dollar fee to join the event, making it a commercial endeavor.
• Have the promoters of this event applied for and received a permit?
• An undetermined number of hunters will be involved in the organized event, likely putting the public at risk over the weekend when many families recreate on public land.
• Like other top predators, coyotes play a critical role in keeping natural areas healthy. In fact, coyotes are a keystone species, meaning that their presence or absence has a significant impact on the surrounding biological community.
• Field research demonstrates that the indiscriminate killing of coyotes actually increases conflicts and predation on livestock by causing coyote populations to dramatically increase. In order to feed more robust litters, coyotes may change their hunting habits to include unnatural and larger prey, such as livestock. Thus, increased persecution leads to larger populations and increased predation.
*Bureau of Land Management contact information:
28910 Hwy 20 W
Hines OR 97738-9424
*US Forest Service contact information:
Emigrant Creek Ranger District
265 Hwy 20 S
Hines OR 97738-9428
Blue Mountain Ranger District
PO Box 909
John Day OR 97845-0909
Prairie City Ranger District
PO Box 337
Prairie City OR 97869-0337
Check out this link for contest details:
Shooters Services Unlimited – JMK Coyote Hunt