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January 12, 2010


I have always enjoyed killing things. Ever since I was a little boy I couldn't wait to go outside and crush bugs, lizards and even wayward pets. After all, once they cross property lines they're invaders and fair game, right?

I still have the tail of my first cat framed alongside cherished photos of some of my other kills and right under the trunk of an elephant I shot. Man, that one was a kick! I would have shot her baby too but the little bastard disappeared into a thicket. Oh well, I'll get that one another day. Hey little one, I've got a bullet saved up just for you.

When I got my first .22 I was so excited. With a pocketfull of birdshot I could spend countless happy hours blasting birds from TV antennas, trees and fenceposts. The kids at the park playing baseball didn't know what they were missing, but that was OK with me as it left more animals for me to kill myself.

It was especially satisfying to get one from behind. Ha, ha. The little fucker didn't even know what hit him as the feathers flew which I used to stuff my favorite bed pillow as a kind of trophy. The faint scent of blood wafting through the cotton slip reminded me of my accomplishments and sent me into sweet dreams of future killings to come.

Now that I am an adult I can devise all kinds of killing rampages under the guise of pest control and environmental protection. I am pleased to say that under legislation I have sponsored countless animals have been slaughtered.

You sissies and fagots that try to stop my killing events because of environmental concerns or because you think it is unneccesary and cruel are just dumb assholes. Cry me a river.

After all the coyotes I've killed and all the ears I have wallpapering my living room there's still lots of them running around. What the hell and what's your problem? You people need to get a life...like killing.

Dear Tucson,
I hope Tucson isn't just your anonymous name. Please tell me that you live there.

You are clearly a classy, emotionally developed, and intelligent person. I can tell by your elegant arguments that you must have graduated from high school. Your family must be so proud.

Please stay in Tucson.

Well, thanks Lori, but I never finished high school.

Tucson is my real name, but I live in Delaware near the Alabama border in a little town called Delabama. I hear the next "Survivor" location will be near here.

and remember:

"The only thing better than a dead coyote is one you can kill yourself."

Jim Anderson, a naturalist who has done quite a bit of research on coyotes, wrote an interesting piece for the Bend "The Source Weekly." Check it out:

He points out that lead bullets used in coyote kills also kill off eagles . Further, Anderson says that analyses of coyote stomach contents reveal that few desirable (meaning, huntable) animals were eaten, but lots of rodents were -- which compete with antelope and other game animals for food.

More evidence that it's senseless and wrong to kill coyotes for no good reason.

You think a coyote would think twice about killing you? Not if it was hungry.

Stay out of everyone elses business. Make your own world and stay out of ours.

So you feel that the coyote killing is cruel? The farmers trying to raise animals don't feel that way. When the livestock is being killed because there is an over abundance of coyotes, I am more than willing to go out and blast a coyote or two. Its called population control. It's people like you and your "wonderful, loving" tree hugging wife, that cause us to have an over population of all of the predators that we dont need. Take a walk in a rancher's shoes once before you start preaching on your pedestal. How things look from an Oregonian's eyes? I would rather that YOU didnt speak for me. And I am sure that more than half of the state feels the same way. Eat meat and don't be afraid to hunt...

AS, did you read this post? Killing coyotes only increases their number, as they have larger litters. So thank you for increasing the coyote population.

More coyotes means less rodents, which cause a lot of damage to fir trees, orchards, and such. Including our yard. So we also thank you for helping to reduce the rodent population by killing a few coyotes, as this will lead to more of them in the long run.

So,if I understand correctly,the more coyotes I shoot the more there will be to shoot in the future? Cool! You should be happy that us barbarians are boosting the population!

True man don't kill coyotes :)

In July of 1998, Oregon Health Division published a summary of animal related deaths in Oregon between the years1980 and 1996. According to their statistics, during those 16 years a total of 76 Oregonians died as a result of direct or indirect interaction with animals. Horses were the most common cause of animal related mortality accounting for a total of 41. Bees, wasps and spiders accounted for 13. Cows and bulls accounted for 9 and domestic dogs accounted for 5. One person died as a result of being kicked by a sheep and another died after being kicked by a mule. One man was gored to death by his pet buffalo, another was consumed by his pet lion, and an infant was killed by a pet ferret. The only deaths that can be described as “wildlife related” during this time period were caused by a car collision with a black-tailed deer and a fatal bite from a rattlesnake. Significantly, there has never been a single death over the entire history of Oregon attributed to either of the two species that get the most press coverage, cougar and coyotes.

Real hunters don't kill predators!

The thing that you seem to overlook in your article is that we are extremely overpopulated with coyotes at the moment. There populations increasing (cause by human-made changes to many areas of the country making it easier for them to expand their their territory to previously unreachable areas) is the main reason that the populations of wolves, cougars, lynx (only 700 left in US now) and many other rodent eating-animals are/have been rabidly decreasing, as the packs of coyotes are eating all the rodents and starving them (most of them solitary creatures) of prey. Coyotes are making such animals reach close to extinction. Organized and sponsored hunts for specific and harmful animals (similar to wild boar hunts, more common in the south) and a very effective way of fixing some of the stupid mistakes humans make when the brashly "pioneer new lands" and then completely ruin the balance of nature. And on the subject of a balance with nature it seemed a might-bit hypocritical of you to say "They control rodents, which are a nuisance. My wife and I wish there were more coyotes in our neighborhood." when you had in the same paragraph complained about upsetting the balance of nature, where in there have to be far more rodents then rodent-predators. Also ever since they had organized and sponsored hunts of coyotes in Yellowstone, the long attempted reintroduction of wolves was actually successful, and they started to somewhat restore to natural balance of wolves and coyotes (but they still have a long way to go). You argument that killing coyotes leads to more coyotes is true in small-scale hunting of coyotes, if you kill one or two in a pack they naturally react by breeding in larger numbers, but when you have large, organized, sponsored hunts and you take out entire packs (or at least the majority of them) the population does decrease in the long run. I not only encourage but BEG you to do some research into the mass overpopulation of coyotes because as a conservationist i feel somewhat appalled when i hear of strong opposition to these sorts of hunts that are designed to return animal populations back to what they once were... "An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it." Orlando A. Battista

Lonnie, you should look into the research about coyote control, as my wife and I have. Have a read:

Here's an excerpt from this expert's letter:
"Before I cover the three basic biological responses by coyote populations to reduction (described below), it is important to understand the type of "predator reduction" or "coyote control" in question.

Most reduction programs, often referred to as control practices, are indiscriminate in nature, meaning the individuals removed (this usually always means "killed") are probably not the offending individuals.

Even if some offending individuals are removed, there is great likelihood that the responses described below will take place anyway. Although removal of offending individuals can temporarily alleviate predation rates on the protected species, the alleviation is usually short-term and likely has long-term side-effects that make control activities ineffective.

It can not be over-emphasized how powerfully coyote populations compensate for population reductions. Both evolutionary biology and the results of my research the last three years (on the effects of wolves on coyotes) indicate that the basis of this resiliency is embedded in the evolutionary past of the coyote. Coyotes evolved, and learned to coexist, in the presence of gray wolves--a dominant competitor and natural predator."

If you truly wanted more coyotes then by your logic you should help in the derby. After all that woulb make for an explosion of new pups.

I am doing my part to help coyotes too. I just shot one about 20 minutes ago.

The true facts are that there are a lot of variables that impact coyote population. Many of the factors can not be replicated in a controled study. It is at best a guess that killing coyotes increases the total population. Migration, natural mortality, food supply, season, and weather all play a role in the populations. Just because there might be more pups does not mean the adult population will increase. With increased litter size there is increased pup mortality. Even if a few more pups survive to adult age an area will only support so many preditors because food and den space is limited. If the population was close to being balanced then killing a few select coyotes can reduce coyote damage for up to a year. If there is extensive damage from coyotes then something like the derby can have a significant impact in terms of reducing that damage. If the derby is utlized as a management technique on a yearly basis then as much as 75% of the coyote population can be removed each year and you still would have a surviving breeding population but much less damage to crops and livestock.
Coyotes are notorious for killing much more than they eat. I have personally wittnessed the results of a coyote killing spree on a flock of turkeys. Dozens of birds dead and strewn about but not eaten. This at a huge cost to the farmer. Killing a few coyotes especially in late winter or early spring can make a profound difference in the amount of damage done by coyotes in a local area without putting coyotes in danger as a species.

whenever a writer says things like this..."It can not be over-emphasized how powerfully coyote populations compensate for population reductions" it makes me laugh.

If you shoot a coyote 300 more will spring up from the ground right before you eyes. In this way coyotes will take over the world in three weeks.

Of course it can be over-emphasized. I just did it and so did the author.

As wolves are now in Yellowstone again we can see what presistant predation does to coyotes. The total population goes down and the coyotes prefer to live in areas of the park without wolves. Some are in the wolves territory, but between 70% and 90% fewer than before they become a target by wolves. Outside of the wolves areas the coyotes behave much as they did before. The killing of coyotes did lead to bigger litters, but not to more coyotes.

I don't want to comment on this event, which is at least arguably of questionable taste. I want to comment on your (and Predator Defense's) advocacy of violence against individuals. If you think this sort of event is wrong, the ethical course to take is to try to persuade the people holding and participating in the event that it is. It's not ethical to try to employ government thuggery to stop it. This will only encourage retaliation for preventing things YOU think should be legal.

"He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself."
-- Thomas Paine

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