Poisoning of Dogs and Wildlife Continues: Wisconsin Bear Hunters Are Suspected

Since 2018, someone has been poisoning wolves and other animals in northern Wisconsin. Wolf Patrol believes it is bear hunters acting in retaliation for their hunting dogs killed by wolves in the very same areas. Most of the meat-laced poisons have been discovered recently on national forest lands in Forest, Florence and Marinette counties, exactly where more bear hounds are killed by wolves than anywhere else in Wisconsin.

04.26.20 POISONED DOGS

The latest victims: Ollie and Daisy both died after eating poison-laced meatballs spread throughout the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest sometime this Spring.

Wolf Patrol suspects Wisconsin bear hunters of carrying out the poisonings because in recent years calls have increased for bear hunters to take the law into their own hands and reduce Wisconsin’s growing wolf population. It is common for Wolf Patrol monitors to see anti-wolf bumperstickers on hound hunting trucks in the poisoning areas and for years now wolves have been showing up dead in and around Forest County, Wisconsin.

LEON KUHN PAWED DECAL

A Wisconsin bear hunter’s window decal in Forest County.

In the 2019 bear hound training & hunting season, a total of 21 bear hounds were killed by wolves in northern Wisconsin in what has become an annual tradition since gray wolves recolonized the state’s forest lands. Bear hunters in Wisconsin have called for the illegal killing of wolves ever since the animals were returned to federal protection in 2014.

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This otter, a dog, cat and other animals were discovered poisoned near Superior, Wisconsin on April 27, 2020.

Now it’s not only wolves, but coyotes, otters, raptors, weasels, raccoons, people’s pets and even other hunting dogs are dying in increasing numbers due to the continued poisoning which first was reported in December 2018. The poisoners are suspected of throwing meatballs laced with a powerful commercially available insecticide that kills anyone that ingests the tainted meat in minutes.

TY BELLAND POST

Ty Belland and his entire family, including members of the Forest County Sheriff’s Department are suspects in the illegal poisoning continuing unabated in Forest County, Wisconsin.

Wolf Patrol is calling on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and the U.S. Forest Service to request a federal investigation into the poisonings which have targeted federally protected wildlife on federal lands in both Wisconsin and Michigan. Whoever is responsible for these illegal acts is violating the federal Endangered Species Act as well as many other laws since it is suspected that state lines are being crossed to commit these crimes, mostly on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

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Poisoned meat like in this photo has killed at least five dogs in the month of April 2020 alone.

Wolf Patrol is also calling on other organizations, both pro-animal and pro-hunting to add to our $5,000 reward for information on whoever is responsible (bear hunters) so they can be brought to justice. The $1,000 reward currently offered by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is not enough of an incentive for any informed parties to come forward, so we are asking that any organization that condemns these actions contribute to Wolf Patrol’s Reward Fund.

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A Iron River, Michigan veterinarian’s April 26, 2020 warning to owners walking their dogs in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Also, please send a polite email to WDNR’s new Chief Warden & USFS officials asking that this poisoning of wildlife and pets be taken more seriously and a federal investigation that questions bear hunters who advocate poaching begin before more animals die more horrific and deaths.

 

Send your emails to:

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials:

cnnfadmin@fs,fed.us

WDNR Chief Warden Casey Krueger:

Casey.Krueger@wisconsin.gov

DOGEATER

One of the wolves targeted in Wisconsin bear hunter’s illegal poisoning campaign on national forest lands.

 

Wisconsin Bear Hunter’s Poison Campaign Targeting Wolves that Killed Their Hounds

In what can only be described as a two-year illegal poisoning campaign, Wisconsin bear hunters are being blamed for the recent deaths this winter of federally protected wolves, raptors, other wildlife and even two hunting hounds recently in northeastern Wisconsin.

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The frontline of Wisconsin bear hunters war with wolves in Forest, Florence and Marinette counties. Bear hunters run hounds in known wolf areas, wolves kill hounds, bear hunters call for illegal killings, bear hunters poison wolves…

All animals have fallen victim to the same deadly fast-acting poison that is hidden in ground meat and distributed for not just wolves, but any animal to find. Poisoned animals have been reported in Forest, Florence and Marinette counties and other poisoning incidents have been reported in Price and Bayfield counties. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are soliciting the public for any information that might help them catch whoever is responsible.

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GUIDE IN OGEMA:PRICE CO

March 11, 2020 comments on Facebook private group, “Wisconsin Outdoorsman!”

Ever since wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan were returned to federal protections in December 2014, there have been many public calls for delisting followed by much darker calls for a campaign of illegal killing involving shootings and poison.

TY BELLAND POST

Facebook comment by Ty Belland after wolves killed one of his bear hunting hounds in August 2019 not far from where two hunting hounds ate poisoned meat in December 2019.

Less than 3 miles from where two hunting hounds were poisoned in December 2019, near the town of Blackwell, Wisconsin, investigators with Wolf Patrol discovered over half a dozen meat-wrapped treble fishing hooks dangling from fishing line in January 2016, on national forest trails where wolves and other animals were meant to ingest them.

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Conservation officer investigating illegal baits found less than 3 miles from December 2019 poisoning site where two hunting beagles died.

Wolf Patrol had come to Forest County in 2016, to monitor a coyote and bobcat killing contest organized in Argonne, Wisconsin. Attendees of the event openly bragged to Wolf Patrol’s founder Rod Coronado that any wolf encountered by county residents would be quickly and quietly killed. Since then, in addition to the latest poisoning campaign, other wolves have been shot and dumped in other locations not far from where recent poisoning have occurred.WOLF KILLED DEER COMMENTS

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Typical comments following anti-wolf Facebook posting by Wisconsin bear hunter who lives and hunts where poisons were found.

Public calls to kill and poison wolves are not hard to find on many Wisconsin Facebook hunting pages, and often follow social media postings by winter hound hunters who encounter wolves while hunting bobcats and coyotes on mostly national forest lands.

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Two dogs poisoned in March 2019 near bear bait in Florence County that was reported to WDNR for being exposed to other animals in September 2018.

Following the public announcement by WDNR & USFWS that two of his hunting hounds had died from the same poison responsible for killing wolves and other wildlife in northern Wisconsin, hound hunter Jim Matuszewski stated on his Facebook page on March 10, 2020 that he could “almost guarantee” he knew who was responsible. In the same comment thread he later said he knew of two bear hunters who were placing poison near the bear bait sites where wolves were seen on hunters’ trail cameras.

I KNOW THE PERSON...

POISON AT BEAR BAIT SITES

The Facebook post on March 11, 2020 by Jim Matuszewski’s whose two hunting beagles were poisoned in December 2019…he failed to tell WDNR investigators about the bear hunters he believes are responsible for the poisoning.

Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service should treat these poisonings as serious violations of federal law and request assistance from federal prosecutors who could compel witnesses to testify and to stop protecting those Wisconsin bear hunters responsible for the illegal killing and poisoning of federally protected wildlife.

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SANTINI COON

Facebook post by pet owner who’s two dogs died from poison found in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, next to a reported bear hunter’s bait.

Otherwise, more animals will continue to die as we enter another season of bear hound training and hunting which leads to more wolf conflicts that result in continued poisoning and killing of wolves and other wildlife and pets in Wisconsin.

CAUGHT IN CROSSFIRE

Wisconsin bear hunters defending the poisoning to victim whose two dogs died in December 2019 and who knows bear hunters are responsible.

If you have any information that might lead to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for illegally poisoning wolves and other animals in Wisconsin, please call 1-800-TIP-WDNR immediately!

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Wolf Patrol will ask for authentication of your tip from authorities, then pay $1000. The remaining $4000 will be paid upon criminal conviction of anyone illegally poisoning wildlife in Wisconsin.

Michigan Conservation Club Looking To Get Rid of the 600 Dead Bunnies From Their Killing Contest

DAVE ROBBINS RABBIT DERBY

Ravenna “Conservation” Club teaching children how to treat wildlife with one of their many wildlife killing contests endorsed by Michigan’s Natural Resources Commission. February 22, 2020 Ravenna, Michigan.

Every year Michigan sportsman’s clubs and hunting organizations sponsor dozens of wildlife killing contests offering cash and prizes for the largest, smallest or most animals killed. These contests usually target predators like coyotes, foxes and bobcats, but other animals such as crows and rabbits are also targeted in these legal wildlife killing contests.

RCC 2020 RABBIT DERBY

Kill first and ask questions later.

On February 22, 2020 the Ravenna Sportsman’s Club in Ravenna, Michigan held its second wildlife killing contest of the year, the 2020 Rabbit Derby which saw a large turn out of hunters who killed a reported 678 rabbits. Prizes were awarded for the largest rabbit killed and next month the Club will hold its annual squirrel killing contest.

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No stranger to conservation, the Ravenna Conservation Club hosts many wildlife killing contests.

The Ravenna Conservation Club claims that most of the rabbits killed in their contest are “donated” but no mention is made to where. As soon as the rabbit derby was over, the club posted on Facebook that anyone could take the dead rabbits from their killing contest.

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February 22, 2020 post on Facebook.

While it is charitable to donate food to the hungry, it’s not ethical to kill any animal without any intention to utilize its meat and/or fur. Simply killing as many animals as you can isn’t hunting, it’s the wanton waste of wildlife.

DAVE ROBBINS GUNS N BEER

“Why won’t she text me? Didn’t she like my dead rabbits? Guns and beer are not a good combination when you’re hunting, but they are when you’re participating in a killing contest! 

Wildlife killing contests like the Ravenna Conservation Club’s Rabbit Derby encourage overhunting for no other reason than that it’s fun. This isn’t science based wildlife management or putting food on the table, its killing for fun and money and it should not be endorsed by Michigan’s Natural Resources Commission.

DAVE ROBBINS BUNNIES

 

Please send a polite email to Commissioners alerting them to the wanton waste of wildlife that is being encouraged by Michigan’s many wildlife killing contests and ask that the competitive killing of any animal should never be rewarded with cash and prizes.

To Send Your Email To Michigan’s Natural Resources Commissioners:

NRC@Michigan.gov

or call: 517-284-6237

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Dog-Fighting Allowed in Nation’s Largest Coyote Killing Contest in Pennsylvania

The Mosquito Creek Sportsman’s Club will be hosting its 29th Coyote Hunt on February 21-23rd in Frenchville, Pennsylvania. The annual coyote killing contest is the largest in the nation, not only because of the number of participants, but also because of the tens of thousands of dollars paid out for literally every coyote killed with hounds, guns or traps.

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Check-in time at the Mosquito Creek Coyote Hunt in 2019.

Last year, over 4,800 hunters were registered in the two day contest, with 225 coyotes tallied at the weigh-in. The largest cash prize of $9,624 was awarded to a hunter from Erie for the heaviest coyote killed during the contest. Each coyote killed gained the hunter $86, with a total of $48,120 being paid out to contest participants during the 2019 hunt.

MOSQUITO CREEK HUNT 2019

Not only the nation’s largest coyote hunt, but in the entire world?

Many of the participant’s in this year’s Mosquito Creek Coyote Hunt will be hound hunters. Pennsylvania’s hunting regulations allow hunting dogs to kill the coyotes they chase, something that can be easily found on Pennsylvania hound hunter’s Facebook pages. The videos accompanying this post were found on social media and shared by Pennsylvania hound hunters participating in next weekend’s coyote killing contest.

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These videos are not the exception, they are the rule. Hunting coyotes with hounds is legalized dog-fighting and nowhere is that more evident, then on the Facebook pages of hound hunters themselves. Vicious and brutal dog fights between multiple hunting hounds and one exhausted coyote are the norm when state wildlife agencies like the Pennsylvania’s Game Commission allow hounds to be used to hunt and kill coyotes.

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Pennsylvania is also home to more wildlife killing contests than any other state in the nation with at least 30 coyote killing contests taking place the winter of 2019-20, the coyote killing season beginning after deer hunting ends in late November.

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Other large wildlife killing contests like Virginia’s Eastern U.S. Predator Calling Championship do not allow the use of hounds, only calling, then shooting coyotes. But the Mosquito Creek contest has long attracted many hound hunters from across Pennsylvania.

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Photo from Matt Mitchell’s Facebook page shared on February 2, 2020.

These are the videos and photos that Pennsylvania hound hunters share with each other and that depict acceptable hunting practices such as the fighting and killing of coyotes in a manner that can only be defined as dog-fighting and animal cruelty.

YOTE IN WATER

Another photo from Matt Mitchell’s Facebook page shared on February 9, 2017.

The response from the hound hunting community to Wolf Patrol’s continued exposure of the cruelty inherent in hunting coyotes with hounds is to tell each other not to publish these kinds of videos on social media. Nowhere are they critics of the cruelty, only angry hound hunters reminding each other that if these hunting videos continue to be seen by the public, that their sport will be in trouble.

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More of Mitchell’s fighting dogs getting ready to kill another coyote slowly on March 3, 2018.

Coyote hunting with hounds is legalized dog-fighting in Pennsylvania and the many other states where it is occurring right now in winter. And coyote killing contests like the Mosquito Creek Coyote Hunt only encourage unethical behavior as hunters focus on killing as many animals as they can not for food, but for the cash paid to wantonly kill and waste our public trust wildlife.

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Shared by Matt Mitchell on Facebook in January 2017.

Please contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission and let them know that dog-fighting and contest killing are not ethical and acceptable hunting practices for any state wildlife agency to endorse. 

Send your comments to the Pennsylvania Game Commission:

 pgccomments@pa.gov

02.10.20 RUGER

One of Mitchell’s fighting dogs covered in coyote blood after another Pennsylvania hound hunt in 2019.

California Hunters Guilty of Using Dogs to Fight Coyotes

In what is becoming an ever more common experience, coyote hunters this winter are again guilty of using their dogs to fight and kill coyotes, only this time it’s not in Wisconsin or Michigan, but California. The use of dogs to hunt bears and mountain lions is prohibited, but still legal for coyotes.
This is the unedited first 5 minutes of a 7:24 video published on YouTube by coyote hunters operating out of Santa Barbara County, California. “California Doggers” published the video on December 24, 2019 and in comments section of the video, the dog’s owner references selling and training dogs to attack coyotes like the dogs in this video.
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These hunters aren’t ashamed of their dog’s fighting abilities.

Reference is also made to it being legal to use dogs to hunt coyotes, but nowhere in California’s Department of Fish & Wildlife hunting regulations is their an allowance for dog-fighting, nor should there be.
The growing practice of using hunting dogs to chase, bay and fight coyotes takes advantage of the lack of legal protections or oversights on coyote hunting.
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Please contact CDFW’s Director and let them know it’s time to stop the use of dogs to hunt coyotes and the legalized dog-fighting that ensues.

Please visit the following link to send an email:

wildlife.ca.gov/Explore/Director/Email

or call: (916) 455-0411

Evidence of Dog-Fighting by Coyote Hunters Still Not Hidden on Facebook

01.26.20 ERRICA KOZIAL WI

Coyotes killed by Wisconsin hound hunters January 26, 2020.

Once again, after being exposed for illegal cruelty by their own videos, coyote hunters are still proudly sharing videos of on-going animal abuse disguised as coyote hunting with hounds on Facebook.
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Often hunting hounds will chase coyotes into freezing waters where they are drowned or dragged out and mauled to death, all while the hound hunter is filming for Facebook.

The following video was published on January 27th, 2020 on the Facebook page, “Furdog” which is operated out of Maryland and is a booking agent for hound hunts all over the world.
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Hound hunters from all over the world share graphic photos and videos on “Furdog”. It’s one of the many platforms today’s hound hunters use to boast about their kills.

Furdog’s own Facebook page is full of evidence of the brutality and cruelty that is normal when dogs are pitted against dogs, or as followers like to call it, hound hunting.
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Wisconsin hounders competing in this year’s coyote killing contest in Argonne, shared on Furdog on January 26, 2020.

Many of the photos and videos shared on Furdog come from Wisconsin and Michigan hound hunters. One of the most recent posts following the publication of this video was that by a known hound hunting group in Laona, Wisconsin known for past abuses.
HAILEY ASCHINGER YOTES

Coyotes killed in contest at Main Street Ed’s Bar in Argonne, Wisconsin on January 25, 2020.

The Wisconsin crew were also participating in an annual coyote & fox killing contest taking place last weekend at Main Street Ed’s in Argonne where hound hunters were competing for cash and prizes for the most, largest and smallest animals killed.
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“Rockin B Kennels Strikes Again” reads the caption to this photo on Furdog’s Facebook page.

As Wolf Patrol continues to expose the very common illegal practice (in some states) of “catching fur”, “stretching”, or otherwise allowing your hunting hounds to bite, maul and fight their prey, hound hunters would be wise to stop trying to cover up the activity.
JOSH DAVID

Another hound hunter not afraid to show off his cruelty on Facebook.

You know it happens, you know you cannot control every egotistical hound hunter with a smartphone, you know Wolf Patrol is going to find your videos. Be true ethical sportspeople and condemn the illegal and unethical practice of allowing one’s hunting hounds to fight prey.
CORY ELLISON WP POST
Nationwide, since Wolf Patrol began exposing this season’s cruelty associated with coyote hunting with hounds and subsequent wildlife killing contests, hound hunters especially have responded, not with calls to end the violent practices, but instead by calling on hound hunters not to publish such videos on social media.
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One of the photos Michigan hound hunter Cory Ellison is upset that Wolf patrol is sharing with the non-dog-fighting public.

In all of the threads following conversations about being exposed by Wolf Patrol, disgraced hound hunters who know their legalized sport of dog-fighting is being threatened by the light of day, simply do not want the public to continue being made aware of what most states allow to happen to native predators every winter.
01.22.20 TRAINED TO BE CRUEL

Hound hunter encouraging young dog to get a taste for coyote blood. Shared on Furdog Facebook page.

Coyote hunting with hounds is simply a barbaric, however legal sport in Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio and many other states. It’s time citizen’s in every state get involved and let wildlife officials know dog-fighting disguised as hunting should be illegal.
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Contact your state’s wildlife department today to find out whether coyote hunting with hounds or wildlife killing contests are legal where you live and vote. Let your state wildlife officials know it’s time to end dog-fighting disguised as hound hunting!

195 Coyotes & Foxes Killed in Michigan’s Largest Wildlife Killing Contest

On January 26th, 2020, Michigan’s largest wildlife killing contest, the 7th Annual Great Lakes Region Predator Challenge ended in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The two-day Coyote and fox killing contest awarded over $4,000 in cash and prizes to the top teams in the competition. Over 160 teams competed, with the winning team bringing in 13 coyotes. The second place winners brought in 10 coyotes and 3 foxes.

195 PREDATORS GLRPC 2020

And to think that predator hunters think they are helping our ecosystems! Let Michigan’s Natural Resources Commission know such thinking isn’t wildlife management, its the wanton waste of wildlife for money and prizes. Kalamazoo, Michigan January 26, 2020.

 

The above video is comprised of videos shared on Facebook by various contestants participating in this year’s contest. Although 195 coyotes and foxes were registered in this killing contest, that number does not include the wounded animals that were not recovered after being shot at night with the aid of night vision and thermal imaging scopes.

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“Runners’ refers to wounded animals that run off to die a painful death and are never recovered.

One contestant, Top Ten Percent Predator Control stated, “Only ended up with 6 coyotes after a few runners, and a few misses…” The term, “runners” refers to animals that are shot but able to run away to later die a slow and agonizing death.

JOE BARTOS TEAM LETHAL INTENT

GLRPC Contestant’s “Team Lethal Intent” were winners at this year’s coyote & fox killing contest in Kalamazoo, Michigan on January 26, 2020.

The Great Lakes Regional Predator Challenge is one of over 50 wildlife killing contests taking place in Michigan this winter, and but one of hundreds taking place all across America. While this particular killing contest’s participants only hunted with              high-powered rifles at night, many other contests include the use of hounds which often fight and kill animals in these contests.

02.07.20 PREDATOR GAMES

Please send an email to Michigan’s Natural Resources Committee and let them know that no state wildlife agency should endorse the awarding of cash and prizes to those who kill the most public trust wildlife.

Send Your Email to:

NRC@michigan.gov

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One of 195 coyotes killed in this past weekend during the Great Lakes region Predator Challenge in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Three years ago state lawmakers allowed the use of high-powered rifles and night vision to be used to hunt predators at night. Michigan DNR was opposed to the change because of the human safety factor of firing bullets that can travel miles past their target.

Let New York’s Dept of Environmental Conservation Know Hunting Coyotes with Hounds is Legalized Dog-Fighting

Yesterday, Wolf Patrol reported on the widespread cruelty and abuse associated with the barbaric sport of hunting coyotes with hounds, which is at it’s peak right now in winter across many American states including New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Illinios and Indiana.

DENNIS EACOTT JR. NY

New York hound hunter Dennis Eacott Jr.’s submission to the private Facebook page, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

The following videos and photos were found on New York hound hunter, Dennis Eacott’s public Facebook page and illustrate how comfortable coyote hunters have become with engaging in what can only be called legalized dog-fighting.
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Another victim of Dennis Eacott’s hounds, driven into the water to either drown or be mauled to death. Such practices should be condemned and reported, not hidden and denied.

Eacott was just one of dozens of coyote hound hunters sharing their cruelty on private Facebook pages like, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds.” And since their public exposure, angry hound hunters have not called for an end to the often illegal abuse. They are once again saying that they all know it happens, let’s just not post about it on Facebook.
01.12.20 BUTCH FULKERSON YOTE

Shared by hound hunter, Butch Fulkner on the private Facebook page, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds.”

Hound hunters and those participating in coyote killing contests recognize that they are their own worst enemy when it comes to sharing cruelty on social media. All that Facebook has done is give the rest of the world a window into the brutal sport of hound hunting that they have always been supportive of.
01.12.20 LUKE KLINGSHIRN YOTE

Hounder Luke Klingshirn’s idea of a good time. Shared on the private Facebook page, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds.”

Ethical hunters and sportspeople should call for the suspension of hunting privileges for known abusers like Eacott, rather than call on each other to not post graphic videos and photos on Facebook. Protecting illegal hunting activity is the same as promoting it and it’s time those who engage in such activity are punished the same as other illegal dog-fighters.
01.12.20 CORY LAMBERT YOTE

Coyote hunter, Cory Lambert’s submission to “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” private Facebook page.

They all know it happens on a regular basis, they just don’t want you to know it. It’s time to let those in charge of this country’s public trust wildlife that we will not stand by as animal abusers and dog-fighters masquerade as legal recreational hunters.
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New York hound hunter. Dennis Eacott Jr.’s allowing his dogs to fight a exhausted and injured coyote in upstate New York.

Killing coyotes with dogs isn’t a sport that any state wildlife agency should endorse.

Please send a polite email to New York’s Commissioner for the Department of Environmental Conservation to let him you it’s time to end the state’s legal dog-fighting season known as hunting coyotes with hounds.

 

SEND YOUR EMAIL TO:

 

http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/407.html

01.12.20 WADE NORMAN YOTE

Hound hunter Wade Norman’s submission to private Facebook page, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest in January 2020.

 

Many Coyote Killing Contests Allow the Use of Hounds Trained to Fight

As wildlife killing contest season continues across America, many more competitions are scheduled that allow the use of hunting dogs to chase, corner and kill coyotes. Many states like Wisconsin and Michigan prohibit the allowance of dogs to fight, main or kill their prey, but the practice is still widespread as recent evidence uncovered by Wolf Patrol reveals.

02.13.20 OH SHACK HUNT

A February 2020 coyote killing contest featuring a common photo accompanying posts on the Facebook page, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds.”

In early January 2020, the private Facebook page, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” held a cover photo contest, asking for “tasteful” submissions of photos from hound hunters across the country who enjoy the sport of hunting coyotes with the aid of hunting dogs.

01.12.20 TRENT LIVINGSTON YOTE

Ohio hound hunter, Trent Livingston’s submission to the Facebook group, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

Every photo in this article is from the Facebook page, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” and gives you an idea of the level of dog-fighting and cruelty involved with each hound hunt for an animal that cannot escape the pursuit of dogs.

01.12.20 BAILEY WITHERSPOON YOTE

Michigan hound hunter, Bailey Witherspoon’s submission to the Facebook group, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

Many coyote hunters use the term “stretching” to describe their hunting dogs ability to literally bite, attack, and tear apart live prey. It is not a term used disparagingly, rather one used with pride, to describe the hunting ability strived for when training dogs to pursue coyotes.

RAY HENDERSHOT

Remember, most hound hunts for coyote take place in winter when water temperatures are near or below freezing. Still, many hound hunters allow their dogs to attack coyotes who have retreated into freezing waters to escape being torn apart by a pack of hounds.

01.12.20 CHRIS MALICK YOTE

Illinois hound hunter, Chris Malick’s submission to the Facebook group, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

This weekend will be like every other after deer hunting season has closed and hound hunting for coyotes has begun. In addition to the hundreds of individuals aiming to eradicate local coyote populations with the aid of electronic callers, assault rifles with thermal imaging scopes and bait, there will also be armies of houndsmen out with packs of dogs harassing and hunting the very same populations of wild animals.

01.12.20 CALEB GANT YOTE

Missouri hound hunter, Caleb Gant’s submission to the Facebook group, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

Many hound hunters will be participating in various coyote killing contests scheduled for coming weekends in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, New York and Pennsylvania where cash and prizes will be awarded for the hound hunters with the most coyotes (and often bobcats and fox) killed.

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Two of the many coyote killing contests taking place across America this coming weekend.

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Whether its the use of satellite tracked hounds or thermal imaging equipment designed for law enforcement and wartime, coyote killing contests and the people who love them are as far away from good sportsmanship and a conservation ethic as a hunter can get. Since when did it become sporting to encourage your hunting dogs to fight wildlife and then brag about it on social media?

01.12.20 STACY WARNER YOTE

Private Facebook pages like “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” are a breeding ground for unethical hunters who encourage each other to break the law, just don’t post about it. Yet, all of Wolf Patrol’s evidence of animal abuse committed by hound hunters this winter isn’t the result of painstaking investigations in the field, it’s gathered by simply scrolling through our multiple undercover accounts we maintain on multiple private Facebook groups that we’ve discovered are guilty of violating hunting regulations in multiple states.

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From a January 19, 2020 Facebook post on “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” by Wisconsin hounder, wild animal abuser, Wisconsin Bear Hunter Association member (see bumpersticker), and suspected wolf poacher (see other bumpersticker) Al Novinska.

The degradation of recreational sport hunting into a culture of straight up animal abuse is something predator hunters are proud of and not afraid of defending despite the negative reflection it casts on every ethical hunter simply trying to feed their families with the animals they choose to hunt. Predator hunters have no interest in eating what they kill, only using the animals to win prize money or make money selling their fur on the international fur market.

01.12.20 CHAD PECK YOTE

The winning photo of “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest, by Ohio hounder, Chad Peck. Many pursuing hounds will corner coyotes in culverts like the one above, where they must await death by gun or slow mauling.

It’s time to put an end to animal abuse disguised as legitimate hunting. Nowhere is this more evident then in the pursuit of coyotes, bobcats and fox by predator hunters equipped with either high tech night vision gear or packs of bloodthirsty hounds.

NICHOLAS LANGHAL

Wisconsin Hounder Nicholas Langhals submission to the Facebook group, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

Join Wolf Patrol in calling for an end to wildlife killing contests nationwide. Nowhere in the nation is there room for this kind of hunting, especially when it is encouraged with the awarding of cash and prizes for the most or smallest animals killed.

NATE KOZULLA

Minnesota hounder, Nate Kozulla’s submission to the Facebook group, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

Call your state wildlife agency today to find out whether hunting coyotes with hounds or wildlife killing contests are legal in your own home state. If they are, start asking questions about how you can testify or write letters to those in charge about getting them stopped. If ethical hunters won’t call out others for their illegality and abuse, then its up to people like us to stop them.

DENNIS EACOTT JR. NY

New York hounder, Dennis Eacott Jr.’s submission to the Facebook group, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

Coyote Hunting with Hounds is Legalized Dog-Fighting!

End Wildlife Killing Contests Everywhere

CORY ELLISON

Michigan hounder Cory Ellison’s submission to the Facebook group, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” cover photo contest.

850 Coyotes and Foxes Killed in 2-Day Multi-State Wildlife Killing Contest

EUSPCC 1ST TRAILER

One of two trailers overloaded with dead coyotes at the 2020 Eastern U.S. Predator Calling Championship in Wyethville, Virginia on January 19, 2020.

While states like Vermont and Massachusetts have recently acted to ban coyote killing contests, many states in the Northeast have seen a growth in wildlife killing competitions. Most competition-killers who participate in these contests argue that they are responding to the expansion of coyotes into parts of the country where they never existed before. But the expansion of native predators east of the Mississippi is anything but an invasion. States like New York have seen coyotes and other predators expand into remaining available habitat, left in the wake of eradication of larger apex predators like wolves, mountain lions and lynx.

And while most eastern state’s wildlife agencies recognize the ecological worth of coyotes and know that they are here to stay, many predator hunters are still taking full advantage of the hysteria caused in the media when there is the odd coyote attack on livestock, pets or even people. Responding to fear, not science, many private landowners are allowing more and more predator hunters onto their lands with the aim of total extermination of coyotes and foxes.

Add in thousands of dollars in prize money for the most coyotes and/or foxes killed over one weekend, and you have the 2020 Eastern U.S. Predator Calling Championship (EUSPCC) which this January drew hundreds of hunters from almost every state east of the Mississippi.

STEVEN DAVIS EUSPCC

One of the 213 teams competing in this year’s Eastern U.S. Predator Calling Championship.

Every one of the 213 teams competing in this year’s EUSPCC contest was desperate to kill as many coyotes and foxes as they could, with not a thought to the ecological impact of their actions. These weren’t hunters chasing predators responsible for recent livestock depredations or attacks on children, these killing contests encourage the killing of every coyote and fox encountered, with no regard for the vital role any of these animals play in a healthy ecosystem.

When I was a child, I read a book called “Don Coyote” about a livestock farmer who realized after eradicating as many predators as he could in the last century, that his actions came back on him ten-fold. Population explosions of rodents that decimated his crops, disease that affected desired game, the wholesale slaughter of predators was realized to be a huge mistake.

JUSTIN REED

One night’s work during the 2020 EUSPCC.

Now we live in a time when USDA coyote researchers and many other scientist have discovered that coyotes and other predators respond to high mortality by increasing pup production. Rather than removing a predator problem, most predator hunters competing in wildlife killing contests are contributing to the very situation they claim to be against, the growth and expansion of coyotes.

This past weekend saw a gathering of hundreds of predator hunters from multiple eastern states, converging near a truck stop in Wyetheville, Virginia. With trucks laden with the dozens of dead coyotes and foxes each team was able to kill between Friday, January 17-19th, the hunters waited their turn to register their kills at this year’s EUSPCC.

Over $35,000 in cash prizes was awarded to the winners of this year’s killing contest, with firearms, electronic callers, night-vision & thermal imaging gear also handed out to the hunters with the largest, smallest or most animals killed.

I became aware of this particular coyote & fox killing contest while investigating the cruel and unethical predator hunting practices of an individual in my own home state of Michigan. It didn’t take long to realize that predator hunters like George Widmaier and his friends aren’t the kind of people simply trying to put meat on the table, these are men who take pleasure in killing, not to mention the chance of being rewarded prize money for their cruelty and efficiency at predator removal.

George and his friends were ditching out on the many smaller coyote and fox killing contests taking place in their home states of Michigan and Indiana, and headed to the EUSPCC, so I followed and this is what I learned:

EUSPCC BOUNTY

Like most coyote and fox killing contests, the EUSPCC pays out cash for the smallest as well as largest predator taken. This practice encourages the killing of young and cubs, which some of this year’s EUSPCC winners with MFK Game Calls are proudly guilty of doing.

PUP KILLERS

Photo shared on MFK Game Calls Facebook page.

This year’s EUSPCC gave the added incentive of a free assault rifle for killing the smallest coyote. The prize went to a team checking in a 17.5lb coyote. The prize for the largest coyote killed went to a team registering a 44.9lb animal.

EUSPCC GUN PRIZE

As the EUSPCC killing contest came to an end on Sunday, over 100 trucks laden with dead coyotes and foxes began to line up for the weigh in back in Wyetheville, Virginia. Over 213 teams of mostly three people were registered, while just over a hundred made it to the final weigh-in.

TRUCKS LINED UP

Many predator hunters couldn’t wait to get inside before taking photos to share on social media. These predator hunters took 13th place at the EUSPCC with 14 coyotes killed.

BRIAN COMBS 13th EUSPCC

Once inside, contestants weighed their animals, or at least those that were considered eligible for either being the largest or smallest. Many hunters complained that their kills were never weighed, with the organizers responding that in order to weigh every single coyote and fox killed they would have had to stay there the entire night.

WEIGH IN EUSPCC

EUSPCC YOTES

WEIGH IN

The EUSPCC winners for the most red fox killed in two days east of the Mississippi, went to a team that came in with 82 foxes. They took home $1,000 in cash and a new electronic game caller.

MIKE BURGESS 82 FOXES EUSPCC

A runner-up for the most red foxes killed during the EUSPCC went to a team bringing in 55 more foxes. Once again, these are hunters out for the highest body count, not after problem animals that are killing livestock or threatening humans in any way.

55 FOXES KILLED 1ST NIGHT

After weigh-in, the dead coyotes and foxes were loaded onto trailers. The final tally was over 850 coyotes and foxes killed with coyotes taking the majority hit at 569 animals.

EUSPCC TRAILERS

ROLLING IN

EUSPCC YOTE TRAILER

As the EUSPCC came to an end, predator hunters began bragging on Facebook about the one’s that got away. In this Facebook post by the Virginia Sportsmen and Predator Hunters, the contest participant mentions five animals that were shot but never recovered, including one fox that was dragging her intestines as she ran away to die.

VA PREDATOR HUNTERS EUSPCC

The statistics as weigh-in was closing.

EUSPCC SCOREBOARD

3rd Place EUSPCC winners with 14 coyotes killed.

11th PLACE 14 YOTES

Graphic evidence of the cruelty and gore involved and enjoyed by competition-killers during the ESPCC and other killing contest is readily available on Facebook once the money and prizes had been awarded. We are including a video from one of the contestant’s Facebook pages that shows how most predator hunters are able to kill multiple animals in one night: electronic game calls, bait piles, high-powered rifles with thermal imaging scopes and no conscience.

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FUR STACKER TEAM

Henry Fur Stackers and participants in the 2020 EUSPCC. If you missed it, don’t worry the organizers have announced that they will be holding another killing competition this coming March.

2020 EASTERN ELITE

Whether you live in a state that sanctions wildlife killing contests or not, it’s time for all people, including ethical hunters and sportspeople to come out against the wanton waste of wildlife and cruelty associated with coyote, fox and bobcat killing contests. Such wholesale eradication of predators for cash and prizes is anything but science-based wildlife management.

CLOSE ENCOUNTER

Please join Wolf Patrol in registering your disapproval for wildlife killing contests. Write letters to your local newspaper, boycott businesses that sponsor such events and start attending your home state’s wildlife agency meetings to remind those managing public trust wildlife that killing should never be a contest.

COYOTE

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