By Lucy Uprichard | Jan 24, 2016
While these hunts are common, wildlife preservation groups are concerned they glorifying the slaughter of animals beyond the stated goal of controlling the coyote population, according to the Associated Press. Melissa Smith, executive director of Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf, referred to the hunts as "senseless" and "bloodlust," according to the Associated Press.
Smith and others are also concerned these coyote hunts lead to accidental shooting of endangered wolves. Center of Biological Diversity conservation advocate Michael Robinson claims at least 19 endangered wolves have been mistaken for coyotes and shot since 2001, according to the Associated Press.
"It's a very disturbing trend," Robinson said, according to the Associated Press, "It's about body counts and it reduces living animals, living beings, it reduces them to a score."
Hunters taking part in the event told reporters that while this weekend's event is attracting particular attention, they are actually permitted to hunt coyotes all year round, according to the Associated Press. The Department of Natural Resources stated that hunting licenses will be checked for some and that fines may be applicable for anyone who shoots a wolf, according to Wisconsin Public Radio.