Speak Out Against Coyote Hunting Contest in California
Please join the Animal Welfare Institute and Project Coyote in calling on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) to stop a coyote hunting contest planned for early February in Modoc County, California, and to conduct a top-to-bottom evaluation of the state's approach to managing predators in California.
Specific details about the contest hunt:
What: "Coyote Drive 2013" coyote contest hunt sponsored by the Pit River Rod and Gun Club along with Adin Supply Company
Where: Adin Supply Company, Adin, CA
When: February 8-10, 2013
More info.: http://www.adinsupply.com/coyote drive.htm
Project Coyote and the Animal Welfare Institute have sent letters to the various state and federal agencies overseeing public lands in the area to exert whatever authority they may have to limit or stop this event from taking place. We are also calling upon the CDFW and the Commission to stop this hunt based on the fact that the wolf OR-7 (aka "Journey")—as well as any other un-collared gray wolves that may be in the area—are jeopardized by this hunt. There is compelling evidence from many states that wolves are mistaken for coyotes by hunters. Indeed, several state wildlife agencies, including CDFW, provide information to hunters in an effort to distinguish wolves from coyotes.
What you can do:
- Write or email California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham and the members of the California Fish and Game Commission and urge them to stop this coyote hunt. See contact information and talking points below.
- Attend the California Fish and Game Commission meeting on February 6 and testify during the public comment period (using talking points below).
What: California Fish and Game Commission meeting
When: Wednesday February 6 at 8:30 am (public comment period starts at 8:30 sharp so get there early to fill out a speaker card and find a seat)
Where: Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento
- Sign the change.org petition.
More information: http://www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2013/final agenda 13 02.pdf
Draft letters (please use your own words) and address to:
Director Charlton H. Bonham
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
California Fish and Game Commission
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1320
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Director Bonham/Commissioners:
My name is ____________________ and I live in _____________________, California. [Include a one-sentence description of your experience with wildlife]
I am writing to strongly oppose California's sanctioning of wildlife killing contests—in particular the upcoming "Coyote Drive 2013" scheduled for February 8-10 in Adin. Not only are such contest hunts offensive in their wanton waste of wildlife and disregard for the important ecological role coyotes (and other predators) play in maintaining ecosystem health and species diversity, but they also pose a significant threat to the recovery of gray wolves in California. This region is where the wolf OR-7 (aka "Journey") has been known to range. Although CDFW staff have expressed concerns for the safety of OR-7 (and any other un-collared wolves that may roam the area), this contest hunt continues year after year.
It is time that the Department of Fish and Wildlife conduct a top-to-bottom evaluation of its approach to managing predators in California, including a review of current scientific literature and of proven practices that are more likely to yield better outcomes for wildlife, other animals, and people. Governor Jerry Brown recently signed legislation (AB-2402), which requires the agency to use "ecosystem-based management" approaches. It makes good sense to start at the top—with management that recognizes the role of one of the ecosystem's keystone species.
Please make this a priority at your February meeting and please do everything in your power to stop this planned coyote hunting contest.
Thank you for taking my concerns into consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
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