Moondog Madness bills itself as Wisconsin’s Biggest Coyote Hunting Tournament, but area residents aren’t in support of these wildlife killing contests. Instead they want to raise awareness about wildlife killing contests and support legislation that will make them a thing of the past. Area residents want to foster respect for wildlife living in their backyards not slaughter them for prizes. These residents have organized at the grassroots level, and put up a Facebook page called Stop The Madness and are calling for local residents to write Letters to the Editor. These local residents are working at the most basic “grassroots” level for change! They are even calling & writing to wildlife killing contest sponsors and it’s making a difference. Predator derbies or wildlife killing contests are deeply entrenched in rural Wisconsin communities, and it will take local citizens living within these communities to to “Stop The Madness.” Mikii Opahle, a young mother, heads the grassroots organizing efforts working to educate, advocate & legislate in order to bring aware to the Moondog Madness Facebook Page.

“According to Adrian Treves, a  professor at UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, assertions that wildlife killing contests reduce losses for livestock owners “is completely unsubstantiated, and the scientific evidence suggests otherwise.” In a recent interview, Treves told me that coyotes have “amazing biology, they bounce back and compensate for losses. If humans kill alphas or some adult helpers, the pack may split into two and you might get two breeding pairs where there was only one. In the long run, that could actually lead to having more coyotes.” Source The Capital Times

Friends, there is a “Predator Hunt” planned in Townsend for Jan 19th. They welcome hound hunters, callers and encourage people to “Bring the Family!” Prizes for “Largest, smallest, most weigh in coyote, largest bobcat.” Please write a letter to the editor to The Green Bay Gazette to let people know killing wildlife for “fun” and prizes is unsportsmanlike and has no place in Wisconsin.

Another wildlife killing contest, Moondog Madness bills itself as the biggest coyote hunting contest in Wisconsin.

The following photograph is from the Moondog Madness Facebook Page:

Another awesome prize package for the tournament. The name speaks for itself made for killing. If it wasn’t for our great sponsors that we have we wouldn’t be able to put on Wisconsin’s biggest coyote hunting tournament like we do. Thank you Torry Cook and Torie Lynn Cook and all the people at Mfk.
A very special thanks to Tim for his awesome prizes for the tournament this year. Thanks again Tim they turned out great.

Stop The Madness organizers have enlisted the help of Humane Society of the United States and Project Coyote.

Humane Society of the United States is tremendously proud to be a member of the National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests, a growing alliance of national and state organizations working to permanently abolish contests that promote the killing of bobcats, coyotes, foxes, mountain lions, wolves, and other species for cash and prizes. Check out the coalition’s fantastic new web page that Project Coyote has put together, which has a wide variety of resources to help you stop this cruel blood sport in your community:

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin is part of the National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests and will be hosting a screening of Project Coyote’s Film Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs in Minneapolis July 2019

The following is from Project Coyote.

On any given weekend, some of America’s most iconic wild animals are massacred in wildlife killing contests. Bloodied bodies are weighed and stacked like cords of wood, and prizes are awarded to the “hunters” who kill the largest or the most of a targeted species. More information.

Watch Protect Coyote’s film Killing Games – Wildlife in the Crosshairs

You can print the Project Coyote’s postcards about ending Wildlife Killing Contests and then share the postcards with friends, family, municipal meetings, county board meetings, and with your state representatives.

Starting this year, the Humane Society of the United States , which maintains a national database of wildlife killing contests, is providing a toolkit to help animal advocates in every state speak out and stop these events. Part of the challenge is bringing these events into the light, especially as public attention drives many underground. An HSUS undercover investigation released in early May revealed footage of scores of foxes hung from poles and about 200 dead coyotes piled in bloody snow at contest weigh-ins in New Jersey and near Rochester, New York. Contest participants joked about luring the animals in and killing them. With HSUS support, New York legislators introduced a bill to ban further events.

Educate, advocate and legislate! End Wildlife Killing Contests.

Featured image of coyotes by John E Marriott

3 thoughts on “Stop the Madness: Local Residents Raise Concerns About One of Wisconsin’s Biggest Coyote Tournaments…

  1. A tournament. What a joke. This is not golf or tennis. This is a killing spree enjoyed by psychopaths. You would have to be truly sick to enjoy this bloodbath. Killing contests must be banned.

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  2. Thank you so much for posting this, Rachel! Wildlife killing contests continue because the public are not aware of them and because they target animals that have minimal or no protection under the current state law. If find this unsettling, please call or write your state legislators and ask them to support legislation to ban wildlife killing contests.

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  3. Killing contest need to end! They are barbaric and soulless. Savage and unnecessary to kill an animal an apex predator that is necessary for a healthy ecosystem. It’s very disturbing to think that there are people out there who enjoy such a thing.


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