This coming Friday, on April 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM, In Madison, Wisconsin there will be a screening of Project Coyote’s award-winning documentary film Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs produced and Directed by Camilla H. Fox, MA. The event takes place at the UW Discovery Building 330 N. Orchard St. View Map. More information can be found at the Visit Event Website,  and you can contact Mikii Opahle at stopthemadnesswi@gmail.com for more information. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with with Dr. Adrian Treves; UW-Madison professor and founder of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab, Bill Lynn; research scientist in ethics and sustainability at Clark University, and Megan Nicholson; Wisconsin state director of The Humane Society of the United States.
Watch Killing Games: Wildlife In the Crosshairs Trailer.

 

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.

 

The award winning documentary film Killing Games: Wildlife In the Crosshairs produced and Directed by Camilla H. Fox, MA. Camilla Fox is the founder and executive director of Project Coyote- a national non-profit organization based in Mill Valley, California that promotes compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science, and advocacy. 

Dr. Adrian Treves, PhD

Adrian Treves earned his B.A. in 1990 in Biology and Anthropology from Rice University and his PhD in 1997 in Behavioral Ecology and Biological Anthropology from Harvard University. After six years working for international wildlife conservation organizations, he returned to applied research.

In 2007, he founded the Carnivore Coexistence Lab at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Adrian’s research focuses on how to balance human needs with wildlife conservation. To study this question, he explores people’s conflicts with large carnivores, particularly livestock predation in the USA and abroad. This line of inquiry includes livestock husbandry, wildlife management, human and carnivore behavior, and methods for mitigating human-carnivore conflicts. In the field, he measures the behavior of problem carnivores using spatial predictive models and people’s responses to and perceptions of conflicts. Adrian and his students conduct fieldwork in Wisconsin (wolves), Ecuador (Andean spectacled bears), and East Africa (lions and hyenas) with a variety of collaborators. For links to his recent research articles on carnivores, compensation, hunting, mitigating human-wildlife conflicts, and co-management, see http://faculty.nelson.wisc.edu/treves/publications.php

Listen (click Here) “Predators are a natural part of our environment and they perform an important ecological role,” says Professor Adrian Treves. On today’s episode, Patty talks with Professor Treves, founder of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab, about a number of issues surrounding wildlife predators. They discuss predator population management and the high rates of poaching in the United States, the ineffectiveness and dubious legality of wildlife killing contests, regulatory mechanisms for keeping the wolf off the endangered species list, and what can be done to improve human and wild carnivore interactions.

Bill Lynn
Bill Lynn is a research scientist in the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University, and former Director of the Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program at Tufts University. Schooled in ethics, geography, and political theory, his interdisciplinary approach examines why and how we ought to care for nature and society.

Sustainability is more than preserving a global elite’s lifestyle or ensuring humanity’s mere survival in an era of rampant environmental change. It is rather about sustaining the well being of people, animals, and nature across the planet, now and into the distant future. Sustainability needs, therefore, to be both scientifically and ethically sound. Its facts and values need to be transparent and accountable to society, while its goals must serve the good of the entire community of life.

With this understanding in mind, Bill explores the moral norms of ecological and social sustainability. He is particularly keen on public scholarship that brings academic insights to the wider public without unnecessary jargon or impenetrable theories. Some of the topics he addresses includes wolf recovery, outdoor cats and biodiversity, barred and northern spotted owls, the Canadian seal hunt, cosmopolitanism, the Earth Charter, precaution, rewilding, sustainability science, and urban ecology.

Megan Nickolson

Megan Nicholson is the Wisconsin state director of The Humane Society of the United States.

Mikii Opahle is founder of the group Stop The Madness and is a member of The National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests along with Freinds of the Wisconsin Wolf and Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin. There are two groups connected, Stop The Madness Group, and Stop The Madness Northern Action Group. Wisconsin residents concerned about stopping wildlife killing contests are encouraged to ask to join these groups.

Mikii Opahle is a part of a growing network of activists raising the alarm about the coyote-killing contests in Wisconsin.

“On her 40 acres of land near Baraboo, Mikii Opahle can usually hear coyotes howling on summer nights.”

“It’s amazing. We’re among natural wild animals, they’re sharing this space with us. It adds a whole other dimension to our lives,” she says. “We used to think there’s got to be 10 or 12 out there, but I’ve learned that because of the way they howl, two coyotes can sound like eight.”

“She was horrified to learn that there’s an annual contest to kill the animals, this year held in nearby Sauk City, where her kids go to school. “It kind of hit home for me. It really prompted me to take action right away.”

“Opahle is a part of a growing network of activists raising the alarm about the coyote-killing contests in Wisconsin. The contest in Sauk City, which takes place from Jan. 18 to 20, is the second of three hunts in Moondog Madness, which bills itself as the state’s “biggest coyote tournament.” Isthmus, “Blood Sport” by Joe Tarr, January 17, 2019

The screening is Co-sponsored by Stop The Madness WI and Animal Defense Fund, UW-Madison

 

Wisconsin’s effort to end wildlife killing contests has just begun!

 

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