Most Americans are shocked to learn that each year thousands of coyotes, foxes, bobcats, prairie dogs, crows, and even wolves are targeted in “wildlife killing contests” where contestants win prizes and awards for killing the most or largest of a given species. These contests, largely unmonitored by state and federal wildlife agencies, are legal throughout the United States and often occur on our public lands.
To expose this barbaric practice, Project Coyote is producing a film to raise awareness and to inspire action to end this cruel and senseless slaughter of America’s native wildlife. We will interview preeminent social and ecological scientists, ranchers and government officials, debunking the myths used to perpetuate these killing contests and highlighting a successful grassroots effort that banned the awarding of prizes and inducements for killing non-game and furbearing mammals in California. We will demonstrate how killing contests contravene the fundamental tenants of the North American Model of Wildlife Management and the Public Trust Doctrine. Project Coyote Advisory Board member, actor, author, narrator and conservationist Peter Coyote will also serve as a spokesperson in the film. Watch this film trailer for a message from Peter:
Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 7:00 PM (EST), please join Wolfdog Radio as we embark on our second year of broadcasting!!
On this episode, we present an in-depth conversation with John Maguranis and Camilla Fox from Project Coyote. Project Coyote envisions a world where Human communities coexist peacefully, with mutual respect for all wildlife. Science empowers lasting solutions for resilient carnivore populations. Native carnivores are valued for their critical ecological role and their intrinsic worth. Children understand the value of Wild Nature. Assisting all humans with these critical conservation values drives wildlife stewardship. .