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. Local communities working together can stop the culture of wildlife killing contests.
“We respect life, uphold ethical hunting standards, and do not condone needless violence against our native wildlife. Encouraging people to kill as many animals as possible for “fun” and prizes is disrespectful to the lives of the animals they’ve taken. This contest does not demonstrate fair chase and serves no scientifically justifiable purpose. As members of the community, we find it disgraceful that such inhumane and senseless killing of wildlife can be allowed to go on.” Mikii Opahle founder of Stop The Madness
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
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.
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.
Local communities working together can stop the culture of wildlife killing contests!