Stop Indiana from Legalizing Coyote & Fox Pens!
  • Petitioned Gov. Mike Pence

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Gov. Mike Pence

Stop Indiana from Legalizing Coyote & Fox Pens!

    1. Petition by

      Born Free USA

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing to legalize the practice of penning wild coyotes and foxes as “bait” in dog training enclosures where dogs are released into a small enclosure to chase down disoriented wild animals.  These bait animals have no chance of escape and are often chased to death or ripped apart alive by the pursuing hounds. This practice, even when regulated, is nothing less than inhumane.  Some proposed rules for the penning structures:

·        Requiring coyotes and foxes being used as bait to be spayed and neutered and allowing only seven          days for recovery before being pursued. 

·        Allowing up to 175 dogs to be released in a pen at a time.

·        Allowing coyotes and foxes to be chased for 16 continuous hours.

·        Allowing coyotes and foxes as young as seven months old to be released into the pens.

·        Allowing coyotes and foxes with fresh trap injuries to be pursued.

Please submit a comment to the Indiana NRC at, scroll to “Coyote/Fox-Dog Training Grounds” and click on “Comment on This Rule.” You must fill out all information asked of you or your comments will not be counted.  The DNR is currently in the “public input” stage with the next hearing scheduled for March 15th.  Then e-mail Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (sign petition) to urge NRC to reject this proposal!  For information on Born Free USA, please visit us at


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    1. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anne Tangeman JASPER, IN
      • over 3 years ago

      This is not how humans treat their fellow earth residences.

    • Barbara Fletcher INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • over 3 years ago

      Gov. Daniels: I oppose regulating pens in Indiana. I support the moratorium on new pens after Jan. 2012. However, even with regulations, dogs will still harm and kill the fenced foxes and coyotes. The regulations are nearly impossible to enforce and the better policy is to ban fox and coyote pens completely. Thank you.

    • Susan Williams HARPSWELL, ME
      • over 3 years ago

      This is Very Wrong, and NotGodly. Animals are Angels of the Divine God/Goddess.

      Keep them Safe and Happy and Well Fed!!!

      Thanks, S.B. Wms.

    • Anita Hopkins EL MONTE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Hey better ditch this one! HOw cruel.......I cannot support this and strongly advise that you pay attention to us folks who care for their care and safety.

      You KNOW it's wrong!!!!

    • Angela Zurbrugg RUIDOSO,, NM
      • over 3 years ago

      I have written to the Gov. to express my OUTRAGE at this heathen practice. Barbaric


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