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A note on terminology:
The call to Establish Hunting-Contest Regulations in MN is a response to 
the Petition to Prohibit Wildlife-Killing Contests in MN.

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Petition to Prohibit Wildlife-Killing Contests in Minnesota.

LETTER TO
MN DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr
MN DNR Asst. Commissioner: Policy & Government Relations Bob Meier
MN DNR Asst. Commissioner: Parks & Trails, Fish & Wildlife Sarah Strommen
MN Governor Mark Dayton
I strongly oppose Minnesota's allowance of wildlife killing contests. Such contests are offensive in their wanton waste of wildlife and their disregard for the vital ecological roles of coyotes and other predators.

Blood-sport contests are conducted for profit, entertainment, prizes, and for the "fun" of killing. They degrade the reputation of ethical Minnesota sportsmen, and perpetuate a culture of violence, sending a message to succeeding generations that certain species of animals are "disposable." That their lives do not have value. We need to intercept that message before it's sent.

Please bring your leadership to the process of prohibiting wildlife killing contests in Minnesota, and continue the national trend toward more responsible, science-based, and ethical wildlife stewardship. It is time to develop comprehensive regulations and policies to reform and modernize predator management in Minnesota. These regulations and policies should reflect current science, conservation biology, and ecosystem-based management. Those areas of knowledge are, after all, the most likely to yield the best outcomes for wildlife and people. 

Thank you for considering these concerns. I look forward to hearing from you.



Blog

  • Wildlife-killing contests violate the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation This blog entry provides material to accompany the Petition to Prohibit Wildlife-Killing Contests in Minnesota. Definitions. Definition: sportsmen. Hunters, anglers, and trappers. Yes, the words "sportsmen," "sportsmanship," and "sportsmanlike ...
    Posted Dec 30, 2016, 7:29 PM by Scott Slocum
  • Correspondence with an Opponent This blog entry provides material to accompany the Petition to Prohibit Wildlife-Killing Contests in Minnesota.Letter from an opponent, in support of the coyote-hunting tournament. (Included here with ...
    Posted Dec 21, 2016, 8:56 PM by Scott Slocum
  • Action Alert: 2017 Coyote-Hunting Contest in Marshall, Minnesota 12/17/2016 update to the Petition to Prohibit Wildlife-Killing Contests in Minnesota. The third annual "Save the Birds" Coyote Hunting Tournament is set to take place January 13 ...
    Posted Dec 25, 2016, 3:21 PM by Scott Slocum
  • Should Minnesota adopt California hunting-contest regs? This single-page "California" version of the proposed Minnesota Hunting-Contest Bill is being proposed as an alternative to the initial, three-page proposal for new Minnesota Hunting-Contest Regulations ...
    Posted Mar 11, 2016, 9:22 PM by Scott Slocum
  • Should Minnesota adopt hunting-contest regs based on its fishing-contest regs? A single-page "California" version of a Minnesota Hunting-Contest Bill is being proposed as an alternative to this three-page proposal.The Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in ...
    Posted Mar 11, 2016, 9:24 PM by Scott Slocum
  • Letter to the Marshall City Council 2/24/2016 To: Marshall MN Mayor and City Council From: Scott Slocum. Re: The Petition to Prohibit Wildlife-Killing Contests in Minnesota Mr. Mayor and Council Members, A lot ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2016, 10:54 PM by Scott Slocum
  • News from the Coyote-Hunting Tournament, 2/20/2016 The weigh-in ceremonies for the "Save the Birds" Coyote-Hunting Tournament took place as scheduled in Marshall, MN on 2/20/2016.According to the 2/22/2016 Marshall ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2016, 11:12 PM by Scott Slocum
  • MN Political-Party Resolution Attached, a Resolution for MN Hunting Contest Regulations to bring to your Precinct Caucus!It's available in three formats:Republican Party (GOP) form; orDemocratic Party (DFL) form; or ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2016, 12:55 PM by Scott Slocum
  • Talking Points Front of card: talking points the Petition to Prohibit Wildlife-Killing Contests in MN.Back of card: references to the Petition to Prohibit Wildlife-Killing Contests in MN.The attached ...
    Posted Mar 2, 2016, 9:30 AM by Scott Slocum
  • Time to call the MN Governor's Office Update, 2/19/2016, Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota. On 2/19/2016, petition signers were asked to call the Minnesota Governor's Office, in a final ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2016, 12:04 PM by Scott Slocum
  • Petition Delivered 2/18/2016 2/18/2016To: Office of the MN Governor & Lieutenant Governor.To: Office of the MN DNR Commissioner (Tom.Landwehr@state.mn.us).To: MN DNR Asst. Commissioner Bob Meier ...
    Posted Mar 9, 2016, 2:42 PM by Scott Slocum
  • Good summary in the City Pages Update, 2/16/2016, Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota. Great summary of the statewide issue, and the local controversy in Marshall, MN. By the way, my father ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2016, 12:03 AM by Scott Slocum
  • Warning: advocates are advised to avoid personal confrontation Update, 2/12/2016, Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota. The tournament organizer made a remark on 2/11/2016 that I found alarming. I raised the alarm ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2016, 11:45 PM by Scott Slocum
  • Alarming response to local action to "Prohibit Wildlife-Killing Contests in MN" Update supplement, 2/12/2016, Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota.   The Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota has attracted nationwide attention. Signatures have come in ...
    Posted Feb 29, 2016, 10:43 AM by Scott Slocum
  • Time to take local action in Marshall, MN Update, 2/5/2016, Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota. Opponents of the "Save the Birds" Coyote Hunting Tournament, scheduled for 2/19/2016 - 2/20/2016 in ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2016, 11:15 PM by Scott Slocum
  • Literature References Update, 1/21/2016, Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota. To keep things simple, this Petition stated its case without referring to the source literature. That's okay ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2016, 6:40 PM by Scott Slocum
  • Selected Comments Update, 1/17/2016, Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota. A lot of great comments have been made on this Petition, and here's a collection of a ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2016, 6:31 PM by Scott Slocum
  • "This morally suspect male-bonding event is ecologically indefensible" Update, 1/15/2016, Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota.Harney County, Oregon -- It's getting uglier around the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge this weekend. The Harney County ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2016, 6:08 PM by Scott Slocum
  • Project Coyote: ending wildlife-killing contests throughout North America Update, 12/29/2015, to the Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota.This Petition was motivated by an ad for a wildlife-killing competition in Minnesota.What does ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2016, 6:09 PM by Scott Slocum
  • Petitions to Prohibit Wildlife-Killing Contests--Please Sign! Update, 1/12/2016, to the Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota. Problem StatementThe Animal Legal Defense Fund describes the problem as follows:"Killing contests are reckless ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2017, 3:20 PM by Scott Slocum
  • About the coyote photo on this Petition Update, 12/29/2015, to the Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota.It might not seem like a great photo to others, but it's special to me ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2016, 6:09 PM by Scott Slocum
  • MN Statutes Allow for Game & Fish Taking Events, not Coyote-Killing Contests Update, 12/27/2015, Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota. On 3/11/2014, two apparently identical versions of a "Deer Raffle" bill (HF 2651 / SF 2048) had ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2016, 6:10 PM by Scott Slocum
  • How to Kill a Wolf - An Undercover Report from the 2013 Idaho Coyote and Wolf Derby. Update, 12/26/2016, Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota. This undercover report from the 2013 Coyote & Wolf Derby in Salmon, ID was written almost three years ago ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2016, 6:12 PM by Scott Slocum
  • MN coyote-killing contest deceptively labeled to "Save the Birds." Update, 12/25/2016, Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota. The "Save the Birds" Coyote Hunting Tournament is scheduled to take place 2/19/2016 - 2/20/2016 ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2016, 11:04 AM by Scott Slocum
  • Petition description and invitation to signers If killing defenseless animals for prizes sounds like fun to you, be sure not to miss Minnesota’s upcoming “Save the Birds” Coyote Hunting Tournament. Cash prizes are awarded for ...
    Posted Feb 23, 2016, 10:22 AM by Scott Slocum
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Petition talking points to prohibit wildlife-killing contests.

Navigate the Petition and its supporting materials:

Project Coyote: working to end wildlife killing contests

Camilla Fox of Project Coyote describes the nationwide movement 
opposed to wildlife-killing contests,
of which this Minnesota Petition is an informal and modest part.

Saint Paul, MN suburban neighborhood coyote female. No problem. Great Petition mascot.