- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California wildlife regulators are proposing a ban on contests that reward hunters who kill coyotes and other predators.

The California Fish & Game Commission this week issued a proposed rule that would make it illegal offer a prize, inducement or reward for killing predators, according to the San Francisco Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1hcHpWC ).

The 3-2 vote opens a public comment period that will end Aug. 6, when the commission is expected to make a final decision on the proposal.

The commission received about 13,000 letters and emails from wildlife advocates calling for an end to the indiscriminate killing of coyotes and other predators.

“This vote brings us one step closer to reforming how predators are managed in this state,” said Camilla Fox, executive director of the advocacy group Project Coyote, which submitted the petition asking for the law. “Most people are shocked to learn that it is legal to kill coyotes, foxes, bobcats and other wildlife as part of a tournament for prizes and recreational fun.”

Conservationists have been demanding action after learning about an annual three-day coyote hunt held each February in Modoc County in northeastern California.

Ranchers say they need to manage coyotes because they are responsible for the vast majority of livestock deaths.

But conservationists say hunting coyotes doesn’t reduce their numbers, pointing to studies that show coyotes breed more often and have more puppies when pack leaders are killed. The leaders, or alphas, are the only males that mate in a coyote pack, but when they are killed underlings get a chance to reproduce.

___

Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide