Kalamazoo County Commissioners vote to oppose wildlife killing contests


Will Kriss

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI (WKZO AM/FM) – The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners has voted to oppose wildlife killing contests by a slim margin.

The measure does not ban these contests outright, but is instead a proclamation voicing opposition against them. It also includes a facet that would have the Commission ask Michigan policy makers to ban them.

The idea to do so was brought forth by Commissioner Mike Quinn earlier this month, when area residents brought a local contest to his attention.

The Kalamazoo area hunt is called The Great Lakes Region Predator Challenge. Considered the largest event of its kind in Michigan, teams of hunters come to the area to kill coyotes and other wild creatures to win prizes.

During a virtual meeting Tuesday night, Commissioners discussed the matter at length after fielding public comments for almost an hour and a half. Some calls even came from outside the Kalamazoo area, including representatives of Michigan State University, and even some as far as the Upper Peninsula.

The majority of callers were in support of opposing these contests, saying that they promote animal cruelty and poor sportsmanship.

Even so, many callers still voiced support of hunting itself, but were opposed to the idea of killing animals in a contest setting. Some said that these contests often don’t make use of the meat or hide of animals that have been killed, and that other states have implemented similar measures as well.

Callers who did not support the measure said that these contests are within the guidelines of recreational hunting, and that there are often other hunting events that offer incentives and prizes, such as bass fishing competitions.

They also said that the act of hunting animals in this setting is good for population control, with one referring to the practice as organized hunts with a competitive structure. Another said that he appreciated those who would hunt coyotes on his farm property, as they had been killing his livestock before he moved most of them into an indoor facility.

Still others pointed out that in Michigan, coyote season is already open year-round.

In the weeks following its introduction, Commissioner Quinn noted that he had learned a lot from both those for and against the idea.

“I was really impressed by all the comments we heard, and I sincerely believe those who expressed opposition, they believed that what they are doing is valid management practice,” Quinn said. “I disagree, but I respect their opinions.”

Commissioner Zac Bauer, who was sitting in on his final Commission meeting, also spoke in favor of the proclamation, although he spoke against the characterization of those who choose to participate in them.

“I struggle with this issue, I grew up around folks that hunted coyotes,” Bauer said. “The representation of some of these people as murderous sociopaths is not correct. But it is rough to see, and its not our best self, and I think there are other ways to address this. After talking to some folks back home about it, I’ve come around, and I will be supporting this.”

Commissioner Jen Strebs echoed the characterization aspect.

“Each of these groups had valid opinions, and their dialogue is a welcome part of the discourse in our decision making,” Strebs said. “I want to recognize that, and I want to encourage us all, as we talk through difficult issues together, we come through points of contention, that we just work hard to avoid inflammatory rhetoric. Where we refer to other people with a different viewpoint than us as liars or murderers. Those things don’t have to be true for someone to hold an opposing opinion.”

She added that she would be voting in support of the proclamation because coyote season is open year-round. She also said she spoke with some of those involved with the The Great Lakes Region Predator Challenge, and was not able to receive answers to some questions.

For example, she said that according to the contest rules, some animals were disqualified if there was evidence of brutal treatment, or signs of being trapped and then killed the day of the contest.

“I was not able to receive any reassurance on whether or not any animals were disqualified,” Strebs said. “When I sought to understand if there was a breaking of the rules occurring, despite trying to seek that information a couple times, it was not provided.”

Before the final vote was cast, Board Chair Tracy Hall reminded residents and Commissioners that the proclamation does not bar hunting altogether, and is not meant to be anti-hunting.

“We want to protect our natural habitat, and also honor the rich history of hunting that we have in this great state,” Hall said. “This doesn’t take away from that – people are still allowed to hunt, protect their animals and hunt in general. This is simply a proclamation that is showing our position, our statement, that these wildlife contests are wrong and outdated in the year 2021.”

Ultimately, the proclamation passed by a slim margin, with a final vote of six to five.

In accordance with the agenda item language, the Board is now expected to ask Michigan policy makers to ban them.


Petition: Stop U.S. Lottery To Kill Off 400 Bison In The Grand Canyon


Steffi P started this petition to President Joseph R. Biden and 1 other

Stop U.S lottery to kill off 400 Bison in the Grand Canyon. 

Bison constantly face extinction and are endangered. The U.S. National Park are going to hire 12 skilled hunters to control the Bison population of a total of 600 Bison over populated in the Grand Canyon. Only 200 Bison will remain after this contract. 

 A better solution to handle an endangered species is to RELOCATE the Bison to another location where they can roam and multiply freely. Perhaps to other known locations where they once roamed where there’s no concern of Bison population. 

This petition is a matter in holding the U.S. Federal government and U.S. National Park accountable in stopping similar future lotteries involving killing of wildlife and to find better solutions in preserving wildlife and parks. 

This lottery affects people in the community and across the world, the land, and our future. 

There’s no space for the Bison so there’s no space to lose this petition. Please sign this petition today so we can preserve the National park and the Bison. 

Winning this petition is a must! Let’s all work together to hold the U.S. government accountable to see that the Bison roam new land ‘LIKE’ perhaps Alberta Canada?! 


These contests need to stop!

Breaking news: Arizona bans wildlife killing contests

By Blog Editor

The HSUS has been at the frontlines of the fight to end wildlife contests and our goal is to see them eradicated once and for all. Photo by John Harrison

Arizona today banned all wildlife killing contests for coyotes, bobcats, foxes and other animals, joining a growing number of states taking action to stop these gruesome events in which participants vie for cash and prizes for killing the most or heaviest animals within a specific time period.

The ban, proposed in June, was voted on by Arizona’s Fish and Wildlife Commission. It received final approval today in a unanimous vote by the Governor of Arizona’s Regulatory Review Council and will go into effect in 60 days.

Since the start of 2018, Vermont and New Mexico have passed laws banning coyote killing contests. California, Colorado and Maryland have also banned or restricted wildlife killing contests. The Arizona ban is the most far-reaching of all these because it covers many more species.

The momentum against these contests reflects changing attitudes among citizens and a growing disgust toward the cruelty and inanity of these events. Twenty years ago, this same Regulatory Review Council rejected a similar opportunity to approve a ban, but this time, its members found it difficult to ignore a rising groundswell of citizen opposition. Nearly 5,000 people submitted comments to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, and an overwhelming majority expressed support for the rule.

Professional wildlife stewardship organizations like The Wildlife Society have also spoken out against the random killing of wild carnivores in killing contests, and the events are increasingly being criticized by state wildlife agency leaders.

Organizers and participants have often used livestock conflicts as a reason to justify these contests, but scientific evidence shows that indiscriminately killing wildlife is not only ineffective at curtailing conflicts with livestock and pets, it can actually make matters worse.

The HSUS has been at the frontlines of the fight to end wildlife contests. We’ve conducted undercover investigations of these contests in New York and New Jersey, and in Oregon, and footage shot by our undercover investigators captures the casual indifference participants at these contests show for the suffering and death of animals. The contests also desensitize children — who are often encouraged to participate in the killing — to animal cruelty. Last year, at Arizona’s “Santa Slay Coyote Calling Tournament” in Dewey-Humboldt, advertisements depicted Father Christmas holding a rifle and standing in a pool of blood (the town later passed a resolution condemning these gruesome spectacles).

Our goal is to see these contests eradicated once and for all. Arizona’s pioneering action should inspire other states to follow suit. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is considering a regulatory change to outlaw killing contests for species like foxes and coyotes, and there is similar legislation in New Jersey and New York. As part of the National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests, a coalition we co-chair with Project Coyote that is composed of more than 30 national, regional and local wildlife protection organizations, we’re taking the fight national.

For today’s outcome, we applaud the Arizona Governor’s Regulatory Review Council for listening to the voices of thousands of Arizonans and potential visitors to the state who submitted comments to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. If your state has wildlife contests and you want to learn how to effectively advocate to end them, you can download our toolkit. Wildlife killing contests are vicious and pointless, and there’s no justification for any state to condone them or support their continuation.


No More Killing Innocent Birds: Stop Pigeon Shoots: Petition

Guardians Of Life

Sponsor: The Rainforest Site

Pennsylvania is the only state left that allows this horrible practice.

Pigeon shoots have been banned in every part of the country except for the state of Pennsylvania, so call on the President of the Pennsylvania State Senate, Floor Leaders, the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and the Pennsylvania State Governor to end the barbaric ‘tradition’ of pigeon shoots! It is inherent cruelty of shooting live, captured birds for sport, and this practice needs to end!

Today, Pennsylvania is the only remaining state that allows the practice to continue. In 2014, a bill to end pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania was allowed to expire after the NRA stepped in at the 11th hour with some heavy-handed lobbying [3] which put animal cruelty above that of animal rights.

Not only are 75% [4] of people in the state are in favor of a law that…

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Sign Petition: This ‘Fun’ Contest Encourages Kids to Slaughter Squirrels


by: Care2 Team
recipient: Mayor Barry Wright

Kids in Winslow Township, New Jersey, are being encouraged to slaughter squirrels by the hundreds in the first annual Family Squirrel Classic. The hunting contest, sponsored by a local hunting organization, brands itself as a “family friendly” event. Kids are encouraged to kill, kill and kill, with the person who bags the largest squirrel being named the winner.

Contests that use animal lives as pawns, make light of the lives of the animals that are killed and teach impressionable children that these target animals are of no other worth than mere target practice. Cities, schools or hunting organizations should not be encouraging children to take life so lightly.

Instead, kids should be taught the value of life and why it is important to respect all living things no matter what. Neglecting to do so could result in dire consequences. There are plenty of studies that show an irrefutable link between violence against animals and violence against people. Many of the world’s most heinous violent criminals got their start torturing or killing animals.

Promoting these “hunts” and contests instills a flippant disregard and lack of compassion for the lives of other living things. Please sign the petition. It is time the Winslow Township government step in and ban these gory animal slaughters for kids. Tell Mayor Barry Wright the world is watching and ask them to end these terrible events.

Sign Petition


Sign Petition: The Sport Of “Coyote Whacking” Is Even More Gruesome Than It Sounds — And It’s Legal!

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Wyoming Legislators

We wish this was a twisted joke. Unfortunately, there really are people who participate in a sport called “Coyote Whacking” and they can continue to legally do so. Wyoming legislators had an opportunity to outlaw it but they didn’t even bother looking at the bill, let alone passing it.

Sign on if you want those legislators to pass a bill outlawing this cruel “sport”.The practice is actually more gruesome than it sounds. People chase coyotes on snowmobiles until they are too tired to run, then they run the coyote over with their snowmobile again and again. It’s truly upsetting to know that there are people who think torturing and murdering an animal in this way is fun.

But it gets worse. After they have tortured and killed these innocent coyotes, they pick the lifeless coyotes up by the tail and slam them against the snow mobile one more time, just to celebrate their own inhumanity. Then, they post smiling photos of themselves to their social media accounts; these people are actually proud of their abusive behavior.

But worst of all is that Wyoming legislators had the chance to outlaw this horrible sport and they literally couldn’t even be bothered to read the bill.

Please sign the petition to tell those legislators that you find this negligence despicible and they must outlaw the practice immediately.

Sign Petition



Sign Petition: No More Animal-Killing Contests on Federal Land!


by: Joel Boyce
recipient: US Fish and Wildlife Service

93,866 SUPPORTERS – 95,000 GOAL

State land commissioner for New Mexico, Stephanie Garcia Richard, wrote an executive order putting an end to New Mexico animal-killing contests. This has saved hundreds or thousands of coyotes from wanton slaughter each year during disgusting contests of piling up dead animals for cash or prizes.

The commissioner calls these events an exercise in animal cruelty, and she’s right. But they are not unique to New Mexico by any means, nor are they limited just to coyotes. Eliminating these kinds of gratuitous killing contests is absolutely a win for conservation and the humane treatment of wild animals, but does not interfere with ordinary, small-scale hunting. It’s an important step which should also be a non-controversial one.

Legislation similar in language and purpose to the executive order of New Mexico’s land commissioner should be applied across the country, starting with all federal lands. It’s well past time for killing contests, of any animal species and in any state, to become extinct.

Sign Petition: No More Animal Killing Contests on Federal Land!


Sign Petition: Save Mufasa the White Lion

Mufasa is a white lion. There are less than 300 of his kind left in the world, of which only 13 exist in the wild.

Mufasa was confiscated by law enforcement and handed to a wildlife rehabilitation center to be cared for. The rehab centre acquired a second cub Suraya, as a companion for Mufasa. Mufasa and Suraya are now three years old and are inseparable.

Nature conservation officials refused permission for Mufasa to be relocated to a sanctuary, who offered to care for both Mufasa and Suraya for their natural lives, free of charge. Instead, the rehab centre was told telephonically that Mufasa will be auctioned to raise funds for the department.

We ask you to sign our petition, asking for both Mufasa and Suraya to be donated to a sanctuary chosen by the people who took care of them for the past three years, to prevent them from being exploited.

The Honourable Member of the Executive Counsil, Department of Rural Environmental and Agricultural Development, North west South Africa.


We hereby petition you to review the decision of the Northwest Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural development (READ) to refuse a relocation permit for Mufasa and to grant a permit only for the lioness who has been Mufasa’s companion for almost three years.

In terms of an agreement with READ , the rehab centre who cared for the two lions, and carried the costs thereof up to date, has the right to propose a sanctuary, where the lions are to be cared for. Sanwild has agreed to take the lions and to care for them free of charge, and the rehab put in an official proposal for the two to be released in Sanwild. This proposal was refused

The reasons why we believe the existing decision should be overturned are as follows:

1) Mufasa has had a vasectomy and is no longer able to breed and is therefore of no interest to a breeder. The only commercial value he has, is to be hunted in a put and chase hunt, otherwise known as a canned hunt.

2) Mufasa and Suraya have formed an inseparable bond. If the two are separated, both will suffer trauma and stress.

3) You are no doubt aware of the decision reached at COP 17 of CITES in Johannesburg during 2016 and the amendment noted in Conf 17-8 concerning the Disposal of illegally traded and confiscated specimens of CITES-listed species. We specifically draw your attention to the decision tree analysis for captive options, formulated in Resolution Conf. 17.8 – 14. We will not dwell on the contents, but only wish to highlight the first two requirements

a. As a point of departure the confiscating authority should consider releasing the specimen in the wild.

b. If that is not feasible and there is space available in non-commercial captive facility (e.g. a lifetime-care facility) the confiscating authority should execute an agreement and transfer the animal.

4) Mufasa is a text book case of the above and we believe it will be a transgression of both the spirit and the fabric of CITES to treat him otherwise.

5) There are no other suitable sanctuaries in the North west province that are able to care for both lions and the best practical nvironmental option in the interest of the welfare of the two lions are to be released to Sanwild.

We therefor petition you to intervene and to authorise the relocation permit for both lions to Sanwild.

Yours truly

Friends of Mufasa


Petition: New York: Make Wildlife Killing Contests Illegal

New York: Make Wildlife Killing Contests Illegal

27,358 SUPPORTERS – 30,000 GOAL
Animal advocates and lawmakers in New York are working to ensure wildlife killing contests never take place in the state again.

These contests, which are also known as drives, derbies, and tournaments, reward people of all ages with cash prizes and weapons, among other things, for killing the biggest and most animals.

While native predators, including coyotes, foxes, and bobcats, are popular targets, many other species continue to become victims of these massacres.

Past events in New York targeting crows and squirrels have sparked outrage, and brought much-needed attention to these senseless events, while a recent undercover investigation released by The Humane Society of the United States has offered a glimpse into the little-seen culture that surrounds these contests and the dangerous, and indifferent attitudes they promote towards wildlife – which is especially troubling when it comes to what they teach children about our relationship with the species we share this earth with.

While some defend these contests as a perfectly reasonable means to deal with ‘pests’ and control predators, they’re ethically and scientifically unjustifiable, and it’s abundantly clear that they’re not about wildlife management or even hunting, but about glorifying the senseless killing of wild animals for amusement and personal gain.

Now, animal advocates and lawmakers are supporting legislation (A.4116a/S.5148a) that will make it illegal to “organize, sponsor, conduct, promote or participate in any contest, competition, tournament, or derby with the objective of taking or hunting wildlife for prizes for other inducement, or for entertainment.”

Please sign and share this petition urging lawmakers in New York to pass legislation that will make these cruel and senseless events illegal.



Petition: Urge your state wildlife agency to oppose wildlife killing contests – The Humane Society of the United States


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Time for local action: Wildlife – Killing Contest In Marshall MN



Time for local action: wildlife-killing contest in Marshall MN!

The Petition to “Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota” has attracted nationwide attention. Interest and signatures have come in from Minnesota residents, natives, relatives, friends, and visitors residing in every State of the U.S.A. (and in other countries around the world). The regional subtotals of Petition signatures show an average response of about 14% per region in the US. Response was higher in the southwest, and lower in the central and northwestern States.

And now it’s time for local action!

Marshall, MN area residents! Southwestern Minnesota residents, visitors, and friends! Let your views be known!

In your own words, or quoting this Petition or other information, please speak up to the following people and organizations (at whatever level you’re comfortable with):

== City of Marshall, MN ==
Mayor Robert J. Byrnes, 507-337-2809, robert.byrnes@ci.marshall.mn.us
Ward 2 City Council Member David Sturrock, david.sturrock@ci.marshall.mn.us
Ward 2 City Council Member Larry Doom, 507-537-1523, larry.doom@ci.marshall.mn.us

== Marshall Independent (local press) ==
“Story Idea” to request coverage of the issue:
“Letter to the Editor” to speak up directly:

== Affiliated Organizations (probably not officially in favor of any such contest) ==
National Wild Turkey Federation: http://www.nwtf.org/contact (and while you’re on this page, look in the upper-right of the page for the “search” box, and try a search for the word “predator” for further information).
Pheasants Forever: https://www.pheasantsforever.org/Contact-Us.aspx (and while you’re on this page, look in the upper-right of the page for the “search” box, and try a search for the word “predator” for further information).
Marshall MN Convention & Visitors Bureau, Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce: http://marshall-mn.org/main/index.php/about-us/contact-us.html, 507-532-4484.

== Contest Organizer (promoting this contest) ==
Ty Brouwer, 507-430-6473, buffaloridgenwtf@gmail.com

== Petition Organizer (opposing all such contests) ==
Scott Slocum, info@ss-slocum.info.
If you’d like to organize with others in your area, please drop me a line, and I’ll help connect you. Also, if I’ve made any errors or omissions in this Petition Update, please let me know, and I’ll correct them.

== Community Organizers (opposing all such contests) ==
If you’re a member of an animal-protection group like the Minnesota Humane Society or the Humane Society of the United States, please contact your group representative to coordinate action with them. Their involvement depends on yours!

== More information ==

Here’s some more local perspective on contests like these–and their potential, local solutions.

On February 20, 2016, participants in the “Save the Birds” Coyote Hunting Tournament will be bringing in their freshly-killed coyote carcasses to a parking lot in the City of Marshall, MN. There, the carcasses will be weighed–guts and all; fresh, not frozen; jaws blocked open. This is a competition for the most coyotes killed, heaviest killed, and smallest killed. If last year’s photographer is available again this year, contestants will have the opportunity to drop the carcasses onto the bloody sidewalk before them, and pose for “heroic hunter” photos.

The carcasses will be oozing bodily fluids, jumping with fleas, parasitized and infected. Some of their wounds will be gaping, inflicted by multiple, long range shots from high-powered, semi-automatic rifles. Some from close-range shotgun blasts. The animals will have been dropped in distant fields and wetlands. Since time is of the essence, they will have been shot at the first opportunity, by contestants eager for prizes. These contestants won’t necessarily have spent time calling the animals in closer for safer and more species-specific, accurate, and humane shots. The carcasses that are brought in will not include domestic dogs, game that might be taken out of season, or other wildlife that might be taken by way of other violations of hunting regulations or laws (most such animals, when and if they’re shot, are suspected to be left where they fall, or to be dumped in inconspicuous locations, so as not to arouse public anger or invite prosecution).

The numbers of predators taken will not be a significant percentage of the predator population, nor a significant percentage of the potential “problem animals” around livestock-production areas, nor of those that will take the wild turkeys as part of their natural hunting behaviors. The contest will not provide any form of support for non-lethal livestock best management practices or methods of sustainable coexistence with wild-living predator populations.

Although this contest will raise funds for wild turkey habitat restoration and maintenance (the actual goal of the National Wild Turkey Federation and its chapters including the sponsor of this contest); most of the financial activity surrounding the contest will center on door prizes, raffles, and tournament prizes; on the gear that’s on display; and on the “pro-staff” sales reps who are on hand to sell it: firearms, ammunition, optics, calls, clothing and other gear.

So, for residents of a city in which a contest like this is scheduled, the question is this: “what can we ask our neighbors and local officials to do?” Even if we don’t like them, these contests do seem to be legal, according to current City Ordinances and State gambling, game & fish Rules and Statutes.

And in answer, there’s the key word: these contests seem to be legal according to current Ordinances. Residents can request new Ordinances. For example, an Ordinance requiring prompt disposal of carcasses, or prohibiting their public display. A ban on the promotion or operation of killing contests in the City. Or the enforcement of an Ordinance against public obscenity.

Local residents can express their opposition to the local officials, sponsoring organizations, affiliated organizations, news media, and opposing individuals and organizations listed above. For example, the parent organizations–National Wild Turkey Federation and Pheasants Forever–did not come up with this idea for a wildlife-killing contest; their scientists, staff, and members promote a focus on habitat restoration and maintenance, and a stable coexistence with predators and the natural environment. They should be embarrassed to be associated with this contest.

Any or all of the above issues can be addressed privately or publicly; individually, or as part of a group, depending on what’s comfortable for each person. One secure, private option is to contact this Petition’s organizer, Scott Slocum, at his blog’s email address info@ss-slocum.info

If you’re not in the Marshall, MN area, your local activism (in your own area) is still needed! Please feel free to adapt any of the materials above to your local situation. Thank you!

Petition · Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota · Change.org


End Wildlife Killing Contests on our Public Lands – WildEarth Guardians : End Wildlife Killing Contests on our Public Lands


End Wildlife Killing Contests on our Public Lands – WildEarth Guardians : End Wildlife Killing Contests on our Public Lands.