Letter: Stop the slaying
If you love nature and its wildlife, we hope that you will be as outraged about the information we are about to provide you with. Have you ever heard of Santa Slay coyote tournament? This is a contest with the goal to kill as many coyotes as possible on public land in a day and a half. Prizes go to the team that produces the biggest pile of carcasses. Participants often use electronic calling devices to attract coyotes into rifle range with sounds that mimic prey or even the cries of a coyote in distress ... to lure them in for an easy kill.
Picture a pile of murdered coyotes who were killed just for the fun of the day. We hope the picture in your mind will make you as sick to your stomach as it does to us. This cowardly killing is not only done to coyotes, but also to bobcats, foxes, mountains lions and wolves. The event sponsors include the makers of firearms, predator calls, ammunition and hunting lights. This is not hunting, and we ask that any legal hunter get involved in stopping this sick murdering of innocent animals. Resolutions have already been passed in several Arizona counties to stop this slaughter of wildlife; however, it is not enough to actually stop these contests. That takes state action. Yavapai County supervisors please use your position to get a law passed to stop these senseless killings. Anyone reading this article, please get involved by writing to your newspaper and elected officials to stop this. Thank you for reading this.
Paul and Mona Demuth