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Vermont Residents Protest Against Coyote Killing Contests

News Release — Vermont Coyote Coexistence Coalition
Feb. 7, 2017

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Linda Huebner: 802-368-7269 home • 413-727-2437 cell •
Email: [email protected]

Vermont Residents Protest Against Coyote Killing Contests
Saturday, February 11 from 1-3 pm, Bristol Village Green

What: Vermont residents will gather to oppose a coyote killing contest that is set to take place in Bristol the weekend of the protest. Killing contests, like the one in Bristol, are not rooted in any sound wildlife management or conservation principles, yet they are not prohibited under Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s hunting regulations and are therefore legal.

During these killing contests, contestants win prizes for killing the most coyotes or largest coyote, and a variety of other categories. “These contests send a chilling message that killing is fun, wild animals are disposable, and life is cheap. The contests also serve no ecological purpose; they are at odds with all principles of conservation biology and ecosystem-based management. Far from offering any beneficial management purpose, wildlife killing contests simply promote gratuitous violence, the destruction of countless magnificent and ecologically vital apex predators.” ~ Project Coyote

Coyotes receive virtually zero protections in Vermont and may be killed 365 days/year, day or night with no bag limits.

Who: The Vermont Coyote Coexistence Coalition is a group of Vermont landowners, farmers, wildlife biologists, veterinarians, wildlife photographers and others who are seeking more humane regulations for Vermont’s coyotes.

When: Saturday, February 11, 1-3 pm

Where: Bristol Village Green, Bristol, Vermont

Why: To protest the legal coyote killing contest planned for February 9-12th. Prizes will be awarded for the three biggest ‘dogs’ killed. There are no limits on the numbers of coyotes killed and they may be killed anywhere in the state and brought to the weigh in on Sunday, February 12 at 12 Estey Road in Bristol.

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  • So how is this different from all those fishing tournaments ? Killing any creature for sport is deplorable. And ” humane” catch and release fishing is just legal fish torture. What other animal could you “catch and release” with hooked food and not be guilty of animal abuse ?

  • I can understand perspectives on both sides of the issue of this hunt and I can both agreed and disagree to some extent with both sides. On the hunting side, coyote populations show little impact from such hunts in terms of depressed numbers. When coyote numbers become somewhat depleted, as long as there is sufficient food for them, their numbers will quickly rebound due to increased birth rates. This is just the way it happens. There is little justification for any need to hunt them since birth rates will decrease when they become overpopulated – all this providing a natural balance to their numbers. Similarly, there is little justification for NOT hunting them for the same reasons. The opponents of this hunt cite no ecological need for such a hunt. However I believe even if there were such a need the objections would remain.
    I believe there is such a thing as being sensitive to other living things as going much too far.

    • Where did you come up with your info regarding coyotes birth rates decreasing when they become overpopulated? They still have 4 to 6 pups every year.

      Coyote populations are almost exclusively controlled by food, habitat and water.

      I love how I received so many down votes for presenting actual facts…coyotes are NOT native east of the Mississippi.

      Coyotes are invasive and strain resources for native species. Look at what happened to the red wolf in NC. The interbreeding of coyotes and red wolves has forced NC to rethink their red wolf introduction. They had to abandon letting the wolves free range and stick to captive breeding programs.

      All because the activists want to protect coyotes or at least ignore their negative impacts to ecosystems they were not originally part of.

      Remember folks, the road to hell was paved with good intentions.

  • The claim is made the hunt is “at odds with all principles of conservation biology and ecosystem-based management”

    Coyotes are not a native VT species. What about the ecological imact coyotes have on native wildlife?

    This protest has nothing to do with saving the environment or protecting ecosystems.

    • Walter Medwid

      Coyotes moved into the northeast because a predator niche was vacant-we killed the native predators. Nature does not like a vacuum. Our predators were killed because the mindset was that all predators are bad. A hundred years of wildlife science and research has proven the suite of ecological benefits predators bring to healthy ecosystems. Vermont’s native wildlife evolved with predators in the mix so the migration of the coyotes into the northeast should not have any dramatic impact on Vermont’s wildlife. On deer for example, the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s has stated that coyotes represents no long term threat to the population; further the Department also states that this predator brings benefits to natural systems.

  • Hale Irwin

    Coyotes are very family oriented and they mate for life. The senseless killing of them stresses out their family units and make them less predictable. Killing any wild creature for the fun of killing is deranged! Man must learn from the coyote and wolf; kill no animal unless it is for food.
    Accepting and promoting “killing is fun” – is dangerous. Will the next hunt be in a mall or school?

    • Karl Riemer

      “Killing any wild creature for the fun of killing is deranged! Man must learn from the coyote and wolf; kill no animal unless it is for food.”
      On display: profound ignorance of the hunting/killing practices of canines. Any “derangement” distinctions among humans, wolves and coyotes are a function of weaponry and opportunity, not ethics, not inclination. Oppose sport hunting or recreational murder, if you like, as making people no better than coyotes.
      Equally silly: “Coyotes are very family oriented and they mate for life.” Theoretically, just like us. Really, more or less like us.
      Humans are less different from other animals than they like to pretend, and vice versa. Perhaps the biggest difference is the human proclivity for indulgence in simplistic, fanciful, romantic reinterpretations of reality.

  • Shari Welsh

    THOU SHALL NOT KILL. Protect AMERICAN WILDLIFE from all these MONSTERS.