End coyote killing contests in Nevada. Indiscriminate killing contests enforce a mentality of violence, and that the unnecessary, gratuitous slaughter of large numbers of animals is acceptable. Killing contests have nothing to do with coyote management.
These high-impact killing events rip family units completely asunder, leaving pups without parents to raise them, meaning their chances of a normal life are over and of survival are slim, at best. We like to think of ourselves as civilized and yet nothing about killing contests is fair or civil. Killing contests are simply murderous mayhem, using deceit in the form of coyote calls to lure unsuspecting coyotes who would otherwise never bother humans.
These contests leave unknown numbers of animals - including other species shot as collateral damage - wounded and left to die lingering, painful deaths. Why would anyone be in favor of this horrific activity? Coyote killing contests may be a vestige of frontier living, but we are no longer the uninformed settlers who swarmed the West.
We have an opportunity and an obligation to protect, conserve and coexist with the native wildlife we have left, including coyotes. Give coyotes game listing and bag limits and end killing contests.
Erin Hauge, Sacramento
Many thanks to @CalDisasters for the heads up~