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

Mr. Covey talks about outdoorspeople and learning about their heritage, camaraderie, and connection with the land that draws them outside like hunting and trapping are the only ways to achieve these things. I beg to differ. First off heritage can be a good or bad thing. There is a heritage of slavery and society has determined that it has no place in a civililzed humane society. The same can be said about trapping. Trapping served a purpose in the past to provide for food and clothing in the wilderness. There is no reason to contiunue this barbaric practice when the majority of society does not desire products with fur anymore. Trappers can be seen on videos enjoying the pain they inflict on the animals and smiling while clubbing them to death while captured in the trap. Even trapping of so called "nuisance" animals is a slippery slope because there are so many other humane ways of dealing with these problems before they resort to using trapping as a last resort. As for hunting, I am not against ethical hunting. That means subsistence hunting period. Trophy or thrill killing is nothing more than feeding a sick need for the human ego and has nothing to do with what is best for wildlife or conservation. By hunting coyotes indiscriminatly you are only increasing their numbers and biologist will confirm this. Finally, there are many that have a heritage, comararderie, and connection with the land by hiking, kayaking, photographing, or just plain communing with nature. They do not have to kill anything to do that.

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Posted by Larka Shields on 01/13/2018 at 9:45 AM

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