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Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in California
  • Petitioning Director Charlton H. Bonham

This petition will be delivered to:

California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Director Charlton H. Bonham
California Fish & Game Commission
Commissioners

Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in California

    1. Petition by

      Project Coyote

Please join Project Coyote in calling on the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CADFW) to prohibit predator killing contests statewide and to develop comprehensive regulations and policies to reform and modernize predator management in California.

Killing predators - or any wild animal- as part of a ‘contest’ ‘tournament’ or ‘drive' is ethically indefensible, ecologically reckless, and contravenes new legislation (AB 2402) that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law requiring the Fish & Game Commission to use “ecosystem based management” and the best available science in the stewardship of California's wildlife. Such wildlife killing contests have no scientific basis and degrade the reputation of the ethical sportsman of California.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Please send the letter below to California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham and to the members of the California Fish and Game Commission and share this petition far and wide!

Contact info.:

California Fish and Game Commission
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
fgc@fgc.ca.gov

Director Charlton H. Bonham
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
director@wildlife.ca.gov

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Thank you.


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    1. Reached 30,000 signatures
    2. Viewpoints: The Case for Banning Wildlife-Killing Contests

      Viewpoints: The case for banning wildlife-killing contests

      On Feb. 14, while many were enjoying romantic dinners and exchanging words of love, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's law enforcement division was on red alert for a wounded warden who had been shot by a coyote "contest" hunter in El Dorado County.

    3. Reached 20,000 signatures
    4. State May Ban Hunting Contests for Coyotes and Other Wildlife

      State May Ban Hunting Contests For Coyotes And Other Wildlife | Hunting | ReWild | KCET

      California's Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to consider a ban on hunting contests such as this weekend's secretive coyote drive in Modoc County, with one Commissioner suggesting such contests are unethical. The 4-0 vote launches a formal rule-making process, during which public comment will be solicited as the Commission considers a ban on such contests in California.

    5. Reached 17,500 signatures
    6. California Lynch Mob Targeting Coyotes

      California Lynch Mob Targeting Coyotes

      In a scene all too reminiscent of something out of the movie, Mississippi Burning, a rural sheriff is urging his hate-filled, violence-prone constituents to defy federal law enforcement officers and continue their attacks on the objects of their redneck derision.

    7. From KQED ~ Coyote Killings: A Complex Debate of Conservation and Cruelty

      Coyote Killings: A Complex Debate of Conservation and Cruelty | KQED QUEST

      Coyotes, reviled for preying on sheep and goats, are the most targeted predator in the U.S. This week, hunters in the tiny Modoc County town of Adin will compete in a contest to kill the most coyotes to protect their livestock--even though research shows that killing coyotes results in higher reproductive rates.

    8. From The San Francisco Chronicle ~ Coyote advocates push to stop hunt

      Coyote advocates push to stop hunt

      A parade of angry citizens and coyote advocates showed up at the Fish and Game Commission meeting in Sacramento on Wednesday to demand that state officials stop a planned coyote killing contest in Modoc County, but commissioners said that current regulations do not allow them to interfere with the annual hunt, which is legal under state law.

    9. From ABC7-TV ~ Concern for lone California wolf during upcoming coyote hunt

      Concern for lone California wolf during upcoming coyote hunt

      SACRAMENTO (KABC) -- California's lone wolf may be in danger. As Eyewitness News has reported, there is on gray wolf is the first to set foot in our state in more than 80 years and wildlife officials have been hoping desperately that he'll start a pack here.

    10. Reached 10,000 signatures
    11. From The San Francisco Chronicle ~ Coyote hunt brings chorus of protest

      Coyote hunt brings chorus of protest

      A coyote hunt scheduled this month in Modoc County has triggered outrage from conservation groups that launched a statewide campaign this week to stop what they characterize as a bloodthirsty canine killing contest held for no other reason than the fun of watching a predator die.

    12. From the Associated Press ~ Groups trying to protect wolf oppose coyote hun

      Groups trying to protect wolf oppose coyote hunt - The Sacramento Bee

      A once obscure coyote hunting contest in northernmost California has become anything but, as environmental groups lobby the state to call it off to protect a lone, roaming wolf. The hunt is sponsored by a hunt club and outfitter supply store in Adin in Modoc County, with the team that kills the most coyotes between Feb.

    13. Reached 5,000 signatures

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    • sandra balena FARMINGDALE, NY
      • about 13 hours ago

      This is absolutely not right. Who in their right mind would think this is okay?

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    • Iris Bernecker RIEDSTADT, DE
      • 3 days ago

      No contest in killing animals! This is primitive and cruel.

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    • Susan McClelland SPRING, TX
      • 4 days ago

      GodSpeed!

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      • 5 days ago

      we have know right to be slaughtering these animals,, we need balance,, we need to live in harmony,,this is not acceptable,,

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    • ricardo foti BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
      • 5 days ago

      es inmoral para la epecie humana

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