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- Coyote populations have a rebound effect. The more killed, the more will be born. They have expanded their range despite efforts to cull their numbers.
- It is not Fair Chase to use electronic calling devices, snares, and powerful guns to kill animals.
- Children are exposed to violence and disrespect for animals.
- These contests are giving Nevada’s hunting community and her residents a bad reputation.
- As more states ban the contests, predator hunters are flocking to Nevada to enter killing contests.
- More shooters on the loose pose danger to the public.
- Randomly killing wild carnivores will not prevent conflicts with livestock and will not increase numbers of deer or other game for hunters.
- Killing contests are not wildlife management.
- Regulatory “solutions” or other compromises will perpetuate these unethical, cruel events and will then put the Dept. of Wildlife in the position of sanctioning and supervising them. Banning the contests is the only reasonable and effective solution.
- Coyotes are essential to the ecosystem as rodent control and scavengers.
- The myth of the evil coyote is folklore believed by generations. An animal is not “evil” because it is a predator. For that matter, coyotes are omnivores, eating many foods in addition to meat.
- Contrary to the myth of the evil coyote, the majority of the public admire the intelligence, agility, adaptability and iconic sound of the “Song Dog”.
- Peaceful co-existence with coyotes can be achieved through simple precautions in suburban and rural locations
- Both the Clark County Commission and the Reno City Council voted to ban these events.