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Amanda Stuart 
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Re: “One Controversial Coyote Hunt Is Canceled, and Another Crops Up

Humans are the ultimate wasteful killers. I am not against hunting if you eat the meat, but these brutal coyote hunting contests have got to end. It is absolutely barbaric to slaughter these coyotes (and wolves, and other predators)-some will say for management, but in truth its because they enjoy killing. The science is out there and easy to find-predator hunts like coyote contests are counterproductive in managing both predator and their prey populations.
Coyotes are one of the most persecuted predators-and these hunts are absolutely counter productive. Coyote populations when hunted respond with larger litters, more females breeding, and killing some members in a pack will cause them to scatter and colonize more areas to form new packs, and often are MORE likely to kill livestock when their numbers are managed with hunting (this happens in wolves too). Maybe its humans and their livestock that need actual management (especially with studies showing that non-lethal strategies actually work better at protecting livestock long-term, but that doesnt give hunters the instant gratification of killing wildlife does it?)
Its promising to see at least one killing contest end. Any steps taken towards ending this backwards-thinking idiotic practice is a step in the right direction!

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Posted by Amanda Stuart on 01/12/2018 at 11:05 AM

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