What is it with liberals crying rivers for coyotes? Question! If you don’t hunt coyotes, how do you manage their population? Coyotes have a 63-day gestation period. Again, how do you propose managing wild creatures ready, willing and able to kill pets and harm humans? Not to mention spreading rabies. If hunting coyotes is inhumane . . .
then rat poison should be banned. I don’t see any bleeding hearts calling to stop controlling NYC’s rat population.
Sponsors of a monthlong coyote hunting contest planned for February canceled the event. Series11 Sporting Goods and the Weston Rod & Gun Club in Southern Vermont cited a lack of interest in a posting on social media.
Meanwhile a different coyote hunting contest, for the weekend of February 10 and 11, is being sponsored by the Green Mountain Houndsmen Club in Franklin County, according to Protect Our Wildlife, a Stowe-based nonprofit.
The Stowe organization is one of several animal rights groups pressing Vermont lawmakers and state Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter to ban coyote hunts on the grounds that they promote senseless killing of animals that no one wants to eat.
Green Mountain Animal Defenders circulated a petition to ban coyote hunting in Vermont and called the Series11 planned hunt a “killing spree.” The petition, on change.org, had attracted almost 8,000 signatures as of Thursday afternoon, although many of those were from people who live outside Vermont.
Opponents of coyote hunting contests have also asked Vermont landowners to post their property to prohibit all hunting as a way to pressure the state to take action against the coyote contests . . .
Supporters of the hunts say they reduce coyote attacks on Vermont’s deer herd and help keep the thriving coyote population from spilling into residential areas where the animals sometimes prey on cats and dogs or scare people.