Dreadful contest in California: who can kill most coyotes wins

Hunters are having a blast in northern California, with a simple purpose: hunt as many coyotes as possible.

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I wonder if Coyote cubs were counted too.

As you could guess, the event’s organizers tried to keep it as secretive as possible, but the local press estimated over 200 hunters participated in the (more or less) annual event. Opponents of the hunt – which began Friday evening and was scheduled to run through Sunday afternoon – said, for good reason, that this is inhumane and should not take place.

“We feel the killing of coyotes or any other wild animal as part of a contest is unethical, ethically indefensible and contrary to sound science,” said Camilla Fox, executive director of Project Coyote, a group that promotes what it terms “educated coexistence” between people and coyotes.

All this for a silver buckle, and of course… the “pride”.

The organizers of the event were Adin Supply Co. – which claim to be a “nostalgic grocery store”, and their owner, Steve Gagnon, did not return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment about the hunt. AP also tried contacting the Pit River Rod and Gun Club, but they were also not accessible – everyone is keeping a tight lip.

Even ranchers, who sometimes suffer greatly due to coyotes seemed to oppose this kind of event. Roger Hopping, long time resident of the area explained:

“I’m opposed to a killing contest, I’m not anti-hunting,” Hopping said. “I used to hunt ducks in the Bay Area,” the former Alameda, Calif., resident said.

The hunt comes after opponents last week failed to get the state Fish and Game Commission to stop the event. A contest to see how many lives you can take in a weekend… maybe I’m a little biased; what do you guys think?

One thought on “Dreadful contest in California: who can kill most coyotes wins

  1. Grandma_Gregg

    Bloodsport killing contests degrade the reputation of the ethical sportsman of California and perpetuate a culture of violence, sending a message to children that life has little value and that an entire species of animals is disposable.

    Quote from the Modoc Outdoor Recreation & Tourism:
    “Imagine a place…
    Unbound from the hustle and bustle of city life, the crowds, traffic, and noise, a place where you can let go and free your mind, body and soul. A place to kick back, relax and put your feet up. Does the image of a peaceful mountain setting appeal to your senses? How about the alluring sound of a babbling brook as the water gently trickles down stream? Respect the people, the land and its wildlife and you’ll always be invited back to the place they called, “The Smiles of God”.

    As a native Californian, living in the mountains my whole life, and frequent visitor to North-Eastern California, reading this introduction to Modoc County gives a visitor a strong desire to go to Modoc and enjoy what beauty it has to offer which is the exact opposite of what the coyote killing contest demonstrates. The killing contests degrade the ecological and economic importance of predators and propagate a philosophy of violence; thus it speaks loudly of the mentality of the participants. Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse, is the human infliction of suffering or harm upon non-human animals, for purposes other than self-defense or survival.

    PS Coyotes are part of nature’s “clean-up crew” and keep the rodent population in check

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