Ban Wildlife Killing Contests
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The practice of coyote killing contests is alive and well in Alberta and that is wrong on many levels.
Coyotes are intelligent, social animals and they fill a niche within the web of life.
In the past killing contests have lead to significant rodent problems. We can look to Saskatchewan for a prime example where following a coyote cull in the past decade the rodent population increased so substantially that there was greater concern for producers than the coyotes had ever caused. In addition these contest seek to destroy the largest and healthiest animals which leads to a devastating evolutionary response.
Wilddlife is one of the fastest growing sectors in global tourism. Canada is a leader in this sector, however our image will be forever tarnished we killing contests continue to be a part of our heritage and this will reduce potential revenue from wild life viewing tourists from around the world.
From a scientific perspective hunted wolf populations have higher levels of stress and reproductive hormones and this is very likely true for coyotes as they are genetically similar to wolves. This can result in increased reproduction rates and increased conflicts between humans and wild canids and livestock depredation incidents.
We are respectfully asking that these contests which show no benefit but do such harm on many levels be banned in the Province of Alberta.
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