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VALLEY VILLAGE, CA—California-based Project Coyote has released a video depicting a coyote pup captured in an illegally set leghold trap in the upscale neighborhood of Valley Village (adjacent to North Hollywood), and law enforcement agencies are currently investigating the incident for possible criminal violations.The video shows—in graphic detail—the coyote pup struggling in the trap, desperate to free itself, with no cover in the searing summer heat on the Fourth of July weekend when illegal fireworks and firecrackers no doubt terrorized the trapped pup further. According to neighbors, the pup likely suffered in the trap for days before local residents heard him crying. The animal’s injuries were so severe that he had to be euthanized by LA Animal Services.The coyote was trapped through a GoFundMe campaign organized by Valley Village resident Lisa Johnson Mandell who solicited money from neighbors for “humane wildlife removal.” “This was a reprehensible act of animal cruelty to a young coyote pup, separated from his mother, dying in a slow painful death,” said Project Coyote Southern California Representative Randi Feilich, and added, “Neighbors are shocked to learn that donations were used to hire a trapper to set cruel, indiscriminate and illegal leghold traps.” The GoFundMe page has since been deleted.The trapper is believed to have violated multiple state laws and is now under investigation by Los Angeles Animal Cruelty Task Force and the California Department of Wildlife. “Leghold traps were banned by California voters in 1998 so this trap set is clearly in violation of that law,” said Camilla Fox, Project Coyote Founder and Executive Director. “Moreover, California law requires that trappers check their traps daily and obtain written permission from property owners when setting traps less than 150 yards from a residence, which this trapper clearly failed to do.””Despite a state law banning leghold traps, many private trappers and ‘pest’ control businesses continue to use them in clear violation of the law,” said Fox. “Until these trappers receive more than a slap on the wrist, they will continue to flagrantly violate the law. We must crackdown on this unconscionable cruelty so another animal does not suffer such a painful and needless death.”Watch the video of the captured coyote here.Warning: Graphic ContentProject Coyote’s Coyote Friendly Communities program offers humane and proactive educational resources, tools and expertise to help communities peacefully and safely coexist with coyotes and other wild neighbors. Learn more here.
PORTMIAMI, Fla. (WSVN) – A coyote that was pulled from the water at PortMiami will be euthanized.
The situation began just before 7 a.m. Tuesday when Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the south side of the port, located at 1015 North America Way, to find the animal stuck between a dock wall and a large buoy.
7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where several crew members could be seen trying to make space between the buoy and the wall so the coyote could be released.
Shortly after, the animal could be seen swimming in the water as crew members worked to lasso it and get it on board the fire boat.
“We had a call for a dog in the water off the Port of Miami. When we arrived to the scene, we found that we could see from the sea wall that there was a four-legged animal down in the water, and he was resting on some type of a ledge,” said Javier Perez with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. “The minute we all came to the edge, we startled him, and he started making his way along the sea wall, and he decided to jump in the water and go for a swim.”
The coyote appeared exhausted after swimming for at least 30 minutes.
“I think he’s resting, and he knows we’re not here to hurt him,” said Perez. “We’re here to help him.”
The coyote was brought on board and appeared to be OK as it sat restrained next to a firefighter.
“We didn’t want him to get into any harm, and we didn’t want any of the boat traffic to cause any harm for him,” said Perez.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials first said the animal would be taken to the Wildlife Rescue of Dade County in Homestead, but later said it will be humanely euthanized instead.
“The reason I was given was that coyotes are considered to be nuisance animals,” said Lloyd Brown of Wildlife Rescue of Miami-Dade County. “In my opinion, the coyotes are native wildlife.”
The director said he spent the morning making room and preparing for the arrival of a new patient.
“We were ready to vaccinate it against parvo, distemper and rabies,” said Brown.
When asked what he would do with the coyote if he had the authority to decide, Brown said, “We’d have the coyote on this table right here taking care of him right now. We’re set up ready to take an animal in. We would have loved to have the opportunity to try and save this guy and put it back in the wild.”
The FWC released an official statement mentioning that the coyote had been euthanized but offered no explanation of why the decision was made. When contacted prior to the release of their statement, they said the determination to euthanize the coyote was a “high level decision.”
New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey has reintroduced a bill that would prohibit body-gripping traps in the National Wildlife Refuge system.
Lowey, Democratic chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, reintroduced the Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act Friday, that would ban from public land traps where animal endure hours or even days of pain. Lowey says that, each year, thousands of bobcats, otters, foxes, beavers and other wild animals are trapped in this manner across the nation’s refuges. She says more than 50 percent of the 566 refuges allow trapping. Steel-jaw leghold traps; conibear traps: and neck snares would be banned if the measure is enacted. Lowey says it’s time to restore the true meaning of “refuge” to the National Wildlife Refuge system
An AZ Family viewer recorded video of a wild coyote and her neighbor’s dog playing together in a Tempe neighborhood on Sunday morning. (Source: Courtesy of Cassandra Collett)
Warning: This story contains graphic details
Wallis Snowdon · CBC News · Posted: Nov 19, 2018 11:35 AM MT | Last Updated: November 19
These stills are taken from the video that was posted on Facebook over the weekend. (Facebook)
RCMP in Grande Prairie, Alta., are investigating after a video surfaced online showing two boys brutally beating a coyote to death.
The video, which appeared on Facebook Sunday, shows a lifeless coyote being piled into the back of a snowmobile. The rest of the 53-second clip shows how the animal died slowly after multiple blows to the head.
In the video, one boy picks up a coyote by its hind legs and smashes its head repeatedly into the back of a snowmobile.
The animal, still alive, is then pictured sitting in the snow, blinking and stunned. Someone off camera laughs.
Then, a boy curses at the animal and kicks it repeatedly in the head. As the coyote stands and begins to limp away, someone in a snowmobile chases after it and grabs it by the tail.
Due to the graphic nature of the video, CBC has decided to only broadcast a few seconds of the 53-second clip.
Warning: Video contains graphic content that may be disturbing to viewers:
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WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO: Coyote beating in northern Alberta
This is a portion of a longer video showing a group of minors allegedly beating a coyote to death. CBC News has blurred the faces and disguised the voices of the minors involved. 0:17
A Grande Prairie man who shared the video with CBC News said he reported the incident to RCMP and Alberta Fish and Wildlife. He asked CBC News to keep his name confidential.
He said the incident happened in Sexsmith over the weekend.
In a news release, RCMP in Grande Prairie said they are investigating an online video “depicting the inhumane death of a wild animal.”
RCMP are in the preliminary stages of their investigation, Cpl. Maria Ogden told CBC News on Monday. She declined to provide further details.
Alberta Fish and Wildlife officials are also investigating.
“We believe we’ve identified the individuals involved, but it’s too early to speculate on specific offences or potential charges,” Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Jason Van Rassel said in an interview.
The man who reported the video described what he saw as grotesque and inhumane.
“Very disturbing,” he said. “That’s some very sociopathic behaviour. It’s blatantly criminal.”
The man said he doesn’t know the boys personally but felt compelled to report them. He said he hopes they are held accountable and “get some help.”
“I mean, just look at how disturbing that video is, especially when the coyote is sitting there with fear in its face and they zoom in on it and laugh.
“It’s just heart-wrenching and disturbing on two ends of the spectrum.
“No sane human would accept that.”
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A Grande Prairie man who shared the video with CBC News said he reported the incident to RCMP and Alberta Fish and Wildlife. He asked CBC News to keep his name confidential.
A hunter was charged with animal cruelty last week after authorities said they found a dog caught in a hunting trap near Troutman for what appeared to have been several days.
Iredell County Animal Services responded to the 100 block of Justin Drive, south of Troutman, on Dec. 14. In the woods in that area, the officers found a dog with its foot caught in a coyote trap, according to an investigation report.
The dog “appeared to be emaciated, dehydrated, very weak and in excruciating pain,” the report claimed. Officers estimated the male dog had been stuck in the trap “for several days.”
The trap severed the bones in three of the dog’s toes, which remained attached to the dog by a small piece of skin.
The dog is a large brown and black Akita-shepherd mix.
Animal control officials freed the dog from the trap and brought it to the animal shelter for treatment. According to county spokesman Ben Stikeleather, the dog was adopted by a rescue group and will continue to get medical attention.
Officers found one other trap in the woods, according to the report. Stikeleather said the traps did not meet state regulations.
After an investigation, authorities said they determined that Alex Kraig Cummins, 30, of Carpenter Cabin Drive, Charlotte, was the hunter who set the trap. He had a hunting license, Stikeleather said, but he is accused of not checking the trap every 24 hours as required by law.
“The factors caused suffering for an extended period of time,” Stikeleather said.
On March 12, Cummings was served an arrest warrant for misdemeanor cruelty to animals. He was released on an unsecured $2,500 bond.
Its front paw is stuck inside the hunter’s cage and it begins writhing around in a desperate attempt to escape.
The fearless bloke tries to restrain the big cat with a noose, but it immediately attempts an attack.
Despite the clear danger of getting too close to the predator’s teeth, the man continues his efforts.
Shocking moment hunter KICKS wolf before it runs for its life
It continues to claw wildly but the hunter keeps his cool and is able to release the trap.
The clip – filmed in Helper, Utah, US – ends with the cat running off into the wilderness.
It’s not the first time some of nature’s most dangerous animals have tried to attack their human counterparts after being caught.
A wolf appeared to come back from the dead to attack a hunter after it was kicked in a heart-stopping video.
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— In response to a lawsuit filed by wildlife advocacy groups, a San Francisco federal court today approved a settlement requiring the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services to implement numerous protections for wildlife in Northern California, including a ban on traps and aerial gunning in designated “wilderness areas.”
Today’s settlement also requires Wildlife Services to analyze the environmental impacts of its killing of coyotes, bobcats and other wildlife in 16 counties in Northern California.
The ironically named Wildlife Services is a multimillion-dollar federal program that uses painful leghold traps, strangulation snares, poisons and aerial gunning to kill wolves, coyotes, cougars, birds and other wild animals — primarily to benefit the agriculture and livestock industries.
“This is a big victory for California wildlife targeted by this federal program’s horrifically destructive war on animals,” said Collette Adkins, a Center for Biological Diversity attorney representing the conservation groups involved in the lawsuit. “We’ve saved hundreds of animals that would have suffered and died in traps set by Wildlife Services over the next several years. That feels really good.”
Under the court order approved today, Wildlife Services must provide, by the end of 2023, an “environmental impact statement” that analyzes the effects and risks of its wildlife-killing program in California’s North District. The North District includes Butte, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba counties.
Pending completion of that study, which will include robust public commenting opportunities, the court order imposes several measures to protect wildlife in the North District. It bans the use of M-44 cyanide devices, den fumigants and lead ammunition. It bans aerial gunning and any use of body-gripping traps, such as strangulation snares and steel-jaw leghold traps, in designated wilderness and wilderness study areas. The order also requires Wildlife Services to implement several measures to protect California’s endangered gray wolves from being accidentally killed in traps set for other carnivores. These measures include a ban on Conibear traps and non-breakaway snares in areas used by the wolves.
“Wolves are just starting to return to their native habitats in Northern California, and this settlement provides needed interim protections to protect wolves while a detailed environmental study examines whether lethal wildlife ‘management’ options should even be on the table,” said Kristin Ruether of Western Watersheds Project. “It is long past time that federal agencies stop the killing of native wildlife at the behest of the livestock industry, and ultimately we hope that the added public scrutiny will force a shift to nonlethal options.”
Last year Wildlife Services reported killing 1.6 million native animals nationwide. In California alone this total included 3,893 coyotes, 142 foxes, 83 black bears, 18 bobcats and thousands of other creatures. Nontarget animals — including protected wildlife such as wolves, Pacific fisher and eagles — are at risk from Wildlife Services’ indiscriminate methods.
“For over two decades, Wildlife Services has relied on cruel and outdated methods, such as steel-jaw leghold traps, in California — despite a statewide ban on private use of such devices,” said Tara Zuardo, Animal Welfare Institute wildlife attorney. “Today’s decision from the court ensures the environmental analysis of the program’s killing of wildlife will receive a much-needed update. California wildlife deserves this protection.”
“Wildlife Services’ lethal ‘control’ is ineffective, wasteful and cruel,” said Michelle Lute, wildlife coexistence campaigner for WildEarth Guardians. “We are changing this clandestine government program state-by-state until wildlife and people are safe on our public lands.”
“With this victory for wildlife we have demonstrated that Wildlife Services has failed to use the best available science and continues to rely on ecologically destructive and ethically indefensible management practices,” said Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote. “It is past time that this rogue agency shifts to more effective, humane, and ecologically sound ways of reducing conflicts between wildlife and agricultural interests.”
“Thousands of California wildlife will now have a much needed reprieve from the federal killing agency,” said Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. “This settlement sends the powerful message that Wildlife Services’ indiscriminate killing programs will not go unchallenged.”
The victory announced today is the result of a lawsuit filed in June by the Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Project Coyote, the Animal Welfare Institute and WildEarth Guardians.
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The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.5 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1979 to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. To accomplish this mission, the Animal Legal Defense Fund files high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm; provides free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are punished for their crimes; supports tough animal protection legislation and fights harmful legislation; and provides resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law. For more information, please visit aldf.org.
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Project Coyote is a national nonprofit organization and a North American coalition of wildlife educators, scientists, ranchers, and community leaders promoting coexistence between people and wildlife, and compassionate conservation through education, science, and advocacy. For more information, visitwww.projectcoyote.org.
Western Watersheds Project is an environmental conservation group working to protect and restore western watersheds and wildlife
WildEarth Guardians works to protect and restore the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers and health of the American West.