Saturday, January 9, 2010

Coyote Killing Contest, Fallon, Nv


coyote killing tournament is scheduled for this weekend- January 8-10- around
Fallon, Nevada. The contest, organized by “local hunters” was
advertised on Craigslist. The ad, which has since flagged for removal, listed
the contest as:

Jan 8-10, 2010
48-Hour Coyote Tournament
$30 per person / 2-3 person teams
$100 Calcutta (optional)
$20 Big Dog / $20 Little Dog
For more info call: Matt (775) 835-2575
are to be awarded for those who kill both the most coyotes and the largest
individuals. Judges will insert a temperature probe into the dead
coyotes’ livers to verify they were actually killed during the
tournament. Ethics aside, random coyote killing will not reduce real or
perceived conflicts with livestock, as tournament organizers claim. A copious
and growing body of literature shows that coyote population reduction efforts
through lethal control are futile, given the species’ resiliency and
ability to biologically rebound.


1- Contact the Fallon Chamber of Commerce
and express your concern about this wanton killing of coyotes. Points
to convey:

· As
a Chamber of Commerce, they should not support blood sports that exhibit a
blatant disregard for wildlife and the integrity of ecosystems by encouraging
mass killing for prizes.
· Let
them know that you believe that this contest hunt is ethically indefensible,
ecologically reckless, and counter to sound scientific wildlife management.
· Coyote
killing contests are a totally ineffective management strategy given the
species’ resiliency and ability to biologically rebound.
· Tell
them coyotes and other carnivores play an important ecological role and that
there are many effective, ecologically sound and humane methods of protecting
livestock from native carnivores including livestock guard dogs and llamas,
better fencing, and night corrals.

Contact information:

Greater Fallon Area Chamber of Commerce
85 N. Taylor Street
Fallon, NV 89406
Phone: 775.423.2544
Fax: 775.423.0540
2- Please also contact Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford Jr. and urge
him to call off the coyote tournament:
Mayor Ken Tedford, Jr.
City Hall
55 W. Williams Avenue
Fallon, NV 89406
(775) 423-0167 OR
(775) 423-6877
3- Post
a comment on the Reno Gazette-Journal’s website in response to an article
on this issue. Currently the comments are heavily weighted in support of the
contest hunt. We need respectful and articulate comments. Go to:
4- Submit
a letter to the editor to the Reno Gazette-Journal at:

Thank you in advance for your
help. Please share this information with family, friends and

H. Fox
Founding Director, Project Coyote
Wildlife Consultant
P.O. Box 5007
Larkspur, CA 94977
415.945.3232 (o)

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Anonymous said...

thanks for bashing coyote hunters like me know I know when and whare the tournament is!

Mz.Many Names said...

Just goes to show the "Blood-Sportsman Mentality"....of "you-all,"....not much of a hunter if you cant find the killing-fields on your own.The information is "out there" man, you dont need no ARA to "rub your nose" in it to help you find it, do you? roflao.......