Every winter bobcats, coyotes and other animals are legally eliminated for no reason in Wisconsin. They are murdered in “Killing Contests” where people with guns blast away for the sake of killing and and receive cash prizes. Money is awarded to the killer of the most coyotes, the biggest, the smallest etc.
This is not hunting. This is state sanctioned animal genocide. These animals lose their lives because some people like to see blood and shoot their rifles. Gratuitous killing of top predators and endangered species in a time when we have lost 60 percent of our animals in my life time is insane. It makes no sense to kill top predators in a state where overpopulated deer are causing reduced forest regeneration and loss of crops. Predators kill weak animals and can help control CWD.
Is it any wonder we have trouble with gun violence in our society when we allow killers in the forest to kill just for the sake of it? There is no science behind these massacres. There is no environmental need for the destruction of these animals.
As far as I see it, the same people will also have no regard for any of the earth’s natural gifts. What’s missing is respect. Gratuitous killing has neither respect nor understanding of the life giving systems that we all rely on. Killing for sport is wrong.
Here are the agencies to contact: Forest Service (www.fs.fed.us) and DNR (dnr.wi.gov).
Juliee de la Terre