Negotiations successfully completed…

“Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right. ” ~Jane Goodall

A few weeks ago we opened a dialogue with the hosts of a Wildlife Killing Contest that took place over Valentine’s Day Weekend: The Fur Bang Coyote Hunt just outside of Washburn Wisconsin. During our dialogue about wildlife killing contests the owners told us they had received many calls that opposed the contest. The owners also told us they met with the contest organizers, and were able to get them to cancel the crow shoot. Then the owners told us they would never host another wildlife Killing contest ever again.

We talked with them about other ways to attract business and told them about WODCW & Project Coyote’s Wildlife Photography Contest and they said they would like to be a part of it as well! The owners of Sparky’s Bar & Grill listened to the science, the logic, your polite calls and are now enlightened about Wildlife Killing Contests and have committed to NEVER hosting a wildlife Killing Contest. Dialoguing works!

Look for the full media alert on this exciting development coming out in the next few weeks. Thank you Sparky’s Bar & Grill! I look forward to patronizing your establishment!

On the last day of The Fur Bang 18 people, local hunters, wearing blaze orange & yellow showed up at Sparky’s Bar & Grill to make the statement that Wildlife Killing Contests are not hunting. They made it clear that they were not a part of any organization and they did not caravan down to the event with any group.

The following is from Michael Mertes post about the visit to Sparky’s Bar & Grill:

“I thanked Sparky for cancelling the crow contest for this year and for deciding to not sponsor the event next year. He was actually not too enthusiastic about sponsoring this year but due to “circumstances” he agreed.

I noted that Sparky engaged in conversations with several people in our party and was not at all negative regarding our presence. I might add that we were all very well behaved!

We left, as a group, when it was announced that the bar was closing for a private party. Sparky even quietly added, with a smile, that we could stay if we wanted to pay the $25 fee.

In my opinion it was a very positive and successful event. I also spoke with Sparky (I never did get his real name) about the upcoming Birding Week and suggested that he do some advertising to “cash in” on all of those environmentalists that come to the area for 4-5 days. He was not aware that it was a major event bringing more money into the area than any other single event throughout the year.

Business owners need to know that eco-tourism is a huge portion of our local economy in all seasons.” Shared with permission from Michael Mertes.

Please join Project Coyote and Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin:

Wisconsin & Minnesota Wildlife Photography Contest

Call for Entries & No Entry Fee

All Wisconsin & Minnesota Residents are invited to submit images celebrating the beauty & promoting coexistence of native carnivores: Coyote, Gray Wolf, Bobcat, Red Fox, Gray Fox

2 Contest Categories: Amateur & Professional.

All digital documenting devices can be used: digital camera, smartphone & game camera. Images of wild & free native carnivores will be accepted.

Entries can be submitted starting on March 1st, 2019. Contest deadline is June 1st, 2019.

Submit your best image to, size should be no larger than 5MB. Please include your full name, title of image, whether you are submitting to the professional or amateur category, and your city and state.

Images will be displayed publicly on the Wisconsin & Minnesota Wildlife Photography Contest’s Facebook Page. Participants will retain full copyright but grant Project Coyote & WODCW permission to display their images for public, non-commercial, display and promotional use.

Submissions will be reviewed by Project Coyote and Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin’s panel of selected advisers, Wildlife photographers, and fine arts professionals. We will select the best 15 images to send to renowned National Geographic Photographer Jim Brandenburg for final judging. Each category, professional & amateur, will receive awards for First, Second, and Third place.

Minnesota native Jim Brandenburg traveled the globe as a photographer with National Geographic magazine for over three decades. He has done assignment work and has been published in numerous national and international publications including;

The New York Times, Life, Time, Audubon, Smithsonian, Natural History, GEO, Modern Maturity, BBC Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, National Wildlife, and Outside.

Brandenburg is the star of the award winning film Medicine of the Wolf and Wolf Spirit, Produced and Directed by Julia Huffman!

Dewey Bunnell, singer, songwriter, and guitarist from the folk-rock group America will be autographing Project Coyote’s ball caps as prizes for the top 15 winners!

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Dewey Bunnell was born on January 19, 1952 in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England. His father was an American serviceman stationed in England. Bunnell met fellow musicians Gerry Beckley and Dan Peek in high school. The trio formed the folk-rock group America in 1969. The band released their first album in 1971 and have recorded over twenty albums to date. Dewey wrote the hit songs “A Horse With No Name”, “Ventura Highway” and “Tin Man” for the group. Bunnell continues to be a member of America along with fellow original founding member Gerry Beckley.

Prize awards: first place will receive a print from renowned National Geographic Photographer Jim Brandenburg. Second place will receive an autographed DVD of the award winning documentary film Medicine of the Wolf from the producer and director Julia Huffman. Third place will receive autographed copies of Project Coyote books from well known authors. Additional prizes may be available.

Winners will be announced on July 24, 2019 at The Wild & Scenic Film Festival Being hosted by Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin and featuring Project Coyote’s documentary film produced & directed by Camilla J Fox, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The contest organizers—Project Coyote & Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin (WODCW)— at their discretion may modify the distribution of awards if any category is not adequately presented.

#EndWildlifeKillingContests shoot wildlife with a camera 📷

Featured image of coyote credit:

From our New Mexico Coyote Photographing Contest

“Coyote Investigating Juniper Tree”

Photo Friday Senior Category 1st Place

by Charles Hertz

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