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Kerry Edmunds 
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Re: “Rodgers to Run as Democratic Write-In Candidate for Governor

John Rodgers believes in hunting of any kind. This means running hounds 9 months a year, day and night, after bear, coyotes, raccoons, bobcats and foxes. This is not ethical hunting. Adding commonsense regulations to our laws to prevent animal cruelty and protect pets and landowners is important and smart. There is no way for an animal, 1 animal pitted against 6 hounds, can get away from a pack of hounds. Once the trail is picked up the animal is doomed and houndsmen do not even have to report if their hounds kill or injure wildlife during training. Hounds have been bred for running. They are long-legged and do not tire. Bear are not designed to run. Yet one hunter posted a bear, cornered by his dogs, who had been chased over 5 miles. Coyotes are run till they drop the hunter often non-lethally wounds (shoots) the coyote and lets the hounds kill it by tearing it apart. Wildlife belongs to all of us and passing regulations to prevent killing games will not end hunting or take away gun rights, but will protect and strengthen ethical hunter's rights.

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Posted by Kerry Edmunds on 06/15/2018 at 3:29 PM

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

A study on radio-collared coyotes showed they ate mostly groundhogs, mice, berries. While some showed no interest, some fed on fawns until they were a month old when fawns could outrun them. Every adult deer the coyotes killed was already severely injured (i.e., by car collisions and would have died anyway). Since coyotes and foxes tend to be competing species, foxes tend to live closer to humans and coyotes try to live further away. If people let their pets out without fences then predation is just one of many risks they may need to face. My parents never thought about fences and all of our cats were hit by cars, though we lived with dense wildlife populations. Providing security is a responsibility of every pet/livestock owner. Hunting coyotes is generally not ethical hunting. Most are killed after being run by packs of hounds; pitting one animal against 6 hounds. No animal can outrun a pack of hounds. It is cruel and inhumane. We have all seen pictures of panic-stricken coyotes in leg-hold traps being taunted and bullied with rocks. Not ethical hunting. Coyotes don't have complex thoughts to know why we are treating them so, why we are using them as live bait to draw the rest of the pack members when they hear distress calls, so we can shoot them as they come out of the woods. Landowners have one option: Post. Sometimes this does not always work as hunters walked between our no hunting signs to shoot a coyote hounds were mauling on our front lawn, 30 feet from our house. So if you have ethics and morals post your land until Vermont says no to all blood sports. Fight for these animals against brutality until we have only ethical hunting in Vermont.

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Posted by Kerry Edmunds on 01/12/2018 at 1:16 PM

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