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:
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: http://www.projectcoyote.org/endkillingcontests.
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
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.
Educate, advocate and legislate! End Wildlife Killing Contests.