Wildlife advocates blast coyote hunting tournament

I had heard that the coyote problem was bad in Northern Maine, but a “hunting tournament”?! Here is a link to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network story on the tournament sponsored — now get this — by a Chamber of Commerce.

There are ways to deal with the overpopulation, but this should not be it.

I know, I know, I know. The coyote population has been growing in recent decades and are partially to blame for the lower deer population. And deer hunting is very important on many levels — it draws in hunter-tourist dollars and deer killed by locals is used to feed families through the winter.

But this is not the way to do it.

The state must consider regulating a relocation program or a licensed kill program.

But not a “tournament.” That is a tiny bit too festive when a life — any life — is being taken.

5 responses to “Wildlife advocates blast coyote hunting tournament

  1. Maine native? Yeah right, why don’t we relocate all the coyotes to california?! I used to live in SoCal, good place for them! Mass banned trapping, young girl on cape cod was attacked by a coyote….a “tournament” for coyotes???

  2. Dear Grandmonadnockstore:

    Yes, I am a Maine native and proud of it. I very likely will be returning to live in Maine once again someday.

    It is simply tragic that a young girl was attacked by a coyote. Truly, truly unfortunate and sad.

    But a tournament or any other unregulated kill is NOT a solution to the overall problem. It just isn’t. It’s a tantrum.

  3. I beg to differ, being an avid outdoorsman (born and raised in the Monadnock
    Region of South Western New Hampshire), I have seen the havoc coyotes are
    wreaking on our native populations. As a Native of Maine, surely you are
    aware that coyotes are not indigenous to New England and hence have no
    “natural” predators. I have been hiking the woods around here for nearly 50
    years now, and in just the past 10 years have seen the coyote population
    explode while other populations, (cottontail rabbit is now “endangered” in
    NH) have suffered.
    I must say this is not a “tantrum”, ask your relatives in Maine, (if you
    still have any) what the coyote population in their backyard is doing.

  4. You seem to have missed my point completely. I never wrote that coyotes should not be hunted. I’m not going to be putting a “Save the Coyotes” bumpersticker on my car any time soon. I merely wrote that any hunt must be regulated.

    And it is inappropriate for a Chamber of Commerce to sponsor such a “tournament,” because it is nothing more than playing upon people’s fears. A “tournament” is not promoting business, which is the true role of a Chamber of Commerce. It is a tantrum, because it is a lashing out and not an attempt at a real solution. A “tournament” is not a real solution.

    I’ve known that the coyote population in Maine was a problem for 15 years or more. My mother would go crosscountry skiing and carry a handgun to scare off coyotes. Wildlife officials should have dealt with the problem then, but apparently failed to see the significance of the situation.

    And, yes, I realize coyotes are not indigenous. And also that man had a significant role in letting the population get out of control. Coyotes were allowed into Maine – and probably in NH – in part because man wiped out wolves that had kept coyotes out of New England. But wolves may have the last laugh. One study showed that 22 percent of coyotes in Maine have genetic material indicating hybridization with wolves, which makes New England coyotes different than coyotes elsewhere. It also made them better hunters and better able to survive near humans.

    A regulated hunt – and/or relocation program – is part of a real solution. A tournament is not.

    Have a lovely day!

  5. Tantrum
    From Wikipedia,
    For other uses, see Tantrum (disambiguation).
    A tantrum is an emotional outburst of ill humor or a fit of bad temper wherein the ‘higher’ cognitive functions are unable to stop the emotional expression of the putative ‘lower’ (emotional and physical) functions. It can be categorized by an irrational fit of crying, screaming, defiance, angry ranting and a resistance to every attempt at pacification in which even physical control is lost. The person may not stand or sit on their own. Even when the “goal” of the person is met, he or she is not calmed.

    Perhaps you should better define “tantrum”, personally I have not had one in at least 48 years,
    as far as a relocation program for coyotes?? I believe it would be far easier to relocate the East Coast to Mars!
    FYI…ALL of my days on the east coast are wonderful!!!

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