Wildlife Killing Contests Under Scrutiny in California

Just days before an annual killing contest in which some 40 coyotes were gunned down around the town of Adin, the California Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously to consider a statewide ban on wildlife killing contests. According to Project Coyote’s executive director, Camilla Fox, who testified before the commission and who has partnered with AWI on this issue (see Spring 2013 AWI Quarterly), “Wildlife killing contests are conducted for profit, entertainment, prizes and, simply, for the ‘fun’ of killing. No evidence exists showing that such indiscriminate killing contests control problem animals or serve any beneficial management function.” The February 5 vote by the Fish and Game Commissions means a formal rulemaking process will commence that could lead to a permanent statewide ban on the killing contests.

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