Ending Wildlife Killing Contests will take a lot of public awareness, education and involvement on your part.

#EndWildlifeKillingContests #GetInvolved

“Melissa Tedrowe, Midwest region director of the Humane Society, says that while her group actively opposes the contests, it discourages protesting in person to avoid violent confrontation. Instead, it is asking people to write to legislators and newspapers, calling for a ban.” Source

Writing letters to the Editor will bring public awareness.

Call sponsors of Wildlife Killing Contests, and write letters to the Editor in your local newspaper. Work with your city municipality, your local county boards and your state representatives. Ask for a ban on wildlife killing contests. You’ll find information on how to do this is at the end of this blog.

Adrian Treves, a UW-Madison professor who runs the Carnivore Coexistence Lab, says it’s difficult to say what effect these contests are having on coyote populations, because the state isn’t regulating them.

However, they have the potential to be devastating. “We suspect the worst — that a whole region is getting depleted of coyotes, as in a whole county area or broader.”

Even in areas where people often see coyotes, there may not be that many, he says. “There’s this perception that they’re everywhere and numerous,” he says. “But the reality is much more likely that they range widely and people are seeing the same individuals, even when they’re a couple of neighborhoods apart.”

Treves says the state’s Department of Natural Resources has the ability and duty to stop these contests under the “public trust doctrine,” which holds that natural resources need to be preserved for future generations.

“It’s also in statute that wildlife are a public trust resource,” he says. “What a public trust resource means is some private individual can’t take as much as they want, as these contests are effectively doing.”  Source

Photo from Moondog Madness Wisconsin’s Biggest Coyote Hunting Tournament, 80 coyote killing in one event. #GetInvolved #educate #advocate #legislate

Please Take Action to End Wildlife Killing Contests: Write Letters to Newspapers and Legislators…

Wisconsinites the following is tips on writing letters to the Editor (LTEs) and contact information to Wisconsin newspapers and legislators. Ask for a ban on wildlife killing contests!

Contact Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers Click here 

Contact Wisconsin State Assembly click here 

Contact Wisconsin State Senate click here 

Writing an Effective Letter to the Editor (LTE)

Writing an Effective Letter to the Editor (LTE), Writing a letter to the editor of your local or regional newspaper is the best way to reach a large audience with your message. LTEs are printed on the editorial page.  The editorial page is one of the most read pages in the paper. Members of congress keep a close eye on media coverage, including LTEs, in their local papers so they can keep an eye out for issues of importance to their constituents. Letters that get published helps reach both a wide public audience and your elected officials.  Even if your letter is not published, it is important for educating and persuading editors. The more letters they receive on a given topic, the more likely they are to dedicate more time in their newspaper to that issue, both on the editorial page and in news articles. It clearly expresses the issue’s importance to the community.

The following tips are from: Union of Concerned Scientists 

Keep your letter short, focused, and interesting. In general, letters should be under 200 words, 150 or less is best; stay focused on one (or, at the most, two) main point(s); and get to the main point in the first two sentences. If possible include interesting facts, relevant personal experience, and any local connections to the issue. If you letter is longer than 200 words, it will likely be edited or not printed. 

Write the letter in your own words. Editors want letters in their papers to be original and from a reader. Be sure that you take the time to write the letter in your own words. 

Refute, advocate, and make a call to action. Most letters to the editor follow a standard format. Open your letter by refuting the claim made in the original story the paper ran. Then use the next few sentences to back up your claims and advocate for your position. Try to focus on the positive. For example: According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, investments in renewable energy would bring over $200 million to our state and create 36,000 jobs by 2020. Then wrap your letter up by explaining what you think needs to happen now, make your call to action. 

Include your contact information. Be sure to include your name, address, and daytime phone number; the paper will contact you before printing your letter. 

-Submit your letter to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

The Journal Sentinel welcomes readers’ letters. Timely, well-written, provocative opinions on topics of interest in Milwaukee and Wisconsin are given first preference. All letters are subject to editing. The form below is for submission to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial department for possible publication. Letters selected for publication in the newspaper will also be posted on JSOnline.com.
Guidelines
Generally, we limit letters to 200 words. Name, street address and daytime phone are required. We cannot acknowledge receipt of submissions. We don’t publish poetry, anonymous or open letters.  Each writer is limited to one published letter every two months. Write: Letters to the editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

P.O. Box 371, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0371

Fax: (414)-223-5444

E-mail: jsedit@journalsentinel.com

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel click HERE to submit a letter to the editor 

-Submit your letter to the editor to the Wisconsin State Journal: click madison.com to submit

-Submit your letter to the editor to the La Crosse Tribune Click HERE for the online form 

The Tribune encourages letters to the editor on current issues. Please limit letters to 250 words or fewer. We reserve the right to edit all letters and require that all letters include the name, address and phone number of the writer for verification purposes. Letter writers will be limited to no more than one letter a month. Please do not send poetry, items taken from other publications or from the Internet. Send letters to: Letters to the editor, La Crosse Tribune, 401 N. Third St. La Crosse WI 54601 or e-mail letters@lacrossetribune.com. Click here to use our online form.

-The Green Bay Press-Gazette welcomes letters to the editor of 250 or fewer words. You can send us your letter online by filling out the information below. Rules for Submission:

Letters must include your first and last name, complete address, and daytime phone number. Only your name and community will be published. Anonymous contributions, pseudonyms and first initials are not allowed. Contributors whose identities cannot be verified to our reasonable satisfaction may be required to submit further identification or their contributions will be withheld from publication. Contributors are limited to one published letter per month. Letters must be no longer than 250 words. They will be edited if necessary for clarity or brevity. Include sources for facts and figures included in your letter, either in the text of your letter or as a note at the bottom for our reference. Unless otherwise noted, all material must be original to the author. Mass-mailing letters will not be accepted. Guest columns must be no longer than 600 words and will be held to a higher standard of reader interest than letters and calls. It’s recommended to contact us before submitting a guest column. Letters to the editor may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. Submit letters via:

♦ E-mail at forum@greenbaypressgazette.com
♦ Fax at (920) 431-8379
♦ Regular mail at Green Bay Press-Gazette, Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 23430, Green Bay WI, 54305-3430
♦ Or drop them off at the Press-Gazette office at 435 E. Walnut St., Green Bay. Lobby hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

-Submit your letter to the Leader-Telegram Click HERE

3 thoughts on “Please Take Action to End Wildlife Killing Contests: Write Letters to Newspapers and Legislators…

  1. Alot of false info pertaining to impact contests have. Science and years of research show there is little impact on coyote population.Over 75% would have to be removed to make a impact. And in just two years, if environment will sustain i,coyote population would be right back to previous numbers.

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  2. Wildlife in the United States has to battle for survival already with deforestization, lack of food sources, lack of living space, trappings, poisonings…killing them in “contests” is barbaric, unnecessary and serves no purpose other than a person’s own evil need for taking a life. Mass killings of wildlife has to stop. There is NO “contest” between a living, breathing creature in the crosshairs of a depraved man’s gun.

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