December 21, 2009
SFW-IDAHO PREDATOR DERBIES ARE OVER FOR THIS YEAR. THAT IS WELCOME NEWS.
SAY NO TO PREDATOR DERBIES. THEY DO NOT REFLECT ETHICAL HUNTING PRACTICES, THEY SHOW A BLATANT DISREGARD FOR WILDLIFE AND GIVE HUNTING A BLACK EYE!!
SFW-Idaho is planning their fifth annual predator derby. The derby is a contest that assigns two points each to coyotes, bobcats and foxes, 3 points to wolves (sadly wolves have been added this year.) The team that collects the most points by hunting and killing those specific animals, wins. There are prizes awarded to the winning team and proceeds from the hunt are donated to the wolf litigation fund.
I thought hunters were responsible stewards of the land? How then can a group of hunters go out into the woods, with the sole purpose of competing to see who kills more animals than the other and then get prizes for it? How can this be considered responsible hunting stewardship?
I hope hunters and everyone that finds this practice unsavory and disgusting will speak out about it. I have friends that are hunters and have never heard of any of them participating in an event such as this. All the sponsors of this event are listed here.
The next derby is scheduled for January 8th-9th, Twin Falls, Idaho
If you want to voice your concern please use the contacts list posted on the Idaho wolf hunt extension alert or contact the sponsors directly.
NIKON has dropped out of the SFW-Idaho Derby sponsorship
BUT They Still Sponsor:
Predator Masters….Hunting the Hunters
NIKON Sells Coyote Scopes:
They are listed on the sponsor page:
1300 Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747-3064, U.S.A.
Nikon’s corporate media relations person: (thanks Rich!)
308-254-5505 corporate headquarters
Sean Cluff Owner
UPDATE ON THE MAINE COYOTE KILLING CONTEST:
Governor Baldacci publicly announced that they are calling for an end to this hunt in response to our efforts and called the killing tournaments “inhumane.”
Wildlife Coalition Condemns Coyote Killing Tournament
as Ethically and Ecologically Indefensible:
Killing tournaments, disguised as either recreation or wildlife management, are a very poor commentary on those who partake in them,” said Daryl DeJoy, executive director of the Wildlife Alliance of Maine. “We would like to see Governor Baldacci to emulate the late, great Governor Percival Baxter who felt that Maine’s wildlife’s should not be wantonly destroyed for recreation or entertainment.”
“These events exhibit a blatant disregard for wildlife and the integrity of ecosystems by encouraging mass killing for prizes,” said Andrew Page, senior director of the Wildlife Abuse Campaign at The Humane Society of the United States. “Killing coyotes will do nothing to increase the white-tailed deer density or decrease coyote numbers — it will only advance an archaic idea that the value of animals is their dead weight.“
SPEAK OUT AGAINST COYOTE KILLING ‘TOURNAMENT’ IN MAINE
Right now in Northern Maine (Jackman), predator hunters are killing coyotes as part of a contest “tournament.” Sponsored by the Jackman-Moose River Region Chamber of Commerce, the “kill” runs from December 16th through January 30, 2010. Prizes are awarded for those hunters who kill both the most coyotes and the largest individuals. Ethics aside, random coyote killing will do nothing to protect Maine’s deer herds, as tournament sponsors contend. A copious and growing body of literature shows that coyote population reduction efforts through lethal control are futile, given the species’ resiliency and ability to biologically rebound.
A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter [or Wildlife Manager] ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscience, rather than a mob of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact.” Aldo Leopold
Photo: Courtesy Nature
Posted in: Predator Derby, Idaho wolf hunt
Tags: trophy hunting wolves, wolves in the crossfire
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