Stop Wildlife Killing Contests in California – Focusing on Wildlife
Feb 252014

After Project Coyote representatives made the case for a ban, newly elected Commission Vice President Jack Baylis put forth the motion to move forward on a formal rule making process to consider prohibiting wildlife-killing contests statewide. Speaking in favor of the motion Commission President Michael Sutton stated, “I’ve been concerned about these killing contests for some time. They seem inconsistent both with ethical standards of hunting and our current understanding of the important role predators play in ecosystems.”

California Fish & Game Commission Votes Unanimously to Consider Statewide Ban on Wildlife Killing Contests – today the California Fish & Game Commission voted unanimously 4 to 0 to consider a statewide ban on wildlife killing contests at the request of Project Coyote.

The move comes two days before “Coyote Drive 2014” is to take place in Modoc County Feb. 7-9th offering prizes to the contestants who kill the most coyotes and the largest. Last year Project Coyote and allies submitted a letter to the Commission on behalf of 25 organizations representing more than one million Californians asking that wildlife-killing contest be stopped based on ecological and ethical concerns. In addition more than 20,000 letters and emails were submitted to the Commission and the Department. The groups also argued that predator killing contests posed a threat to OR-7 (aka “Journey), the lone gray wolf who at the time had been tracked in Modoc and surrounding counties.

“What’s at issue, is the wanton waste of wildlife and the awarding of prizes and inducements to kill as many individuals as possible- and the largest,” stated Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote. “This is obviously not about sport or fair-chase. Wildlife killing contests are conducted for profit, entertainment, prizes and, simply, for the ‘fun’ of killing. No evidence exists showing that such indiscriminate killing contests control problem animals or serve any beneficial management function. Moreover such contests perpetuate a culture of violence and send the message to children that life has little value and that an entire species of animals is disposable.”

In addition to “Coyote Drive 2014” Project Coyote has discovered a number of other wildlife killing contests throughout the state. However, the state does not monitor such contests nor the species killed. “As a scientist, I’m here today to express my support for California’s efforts to reform predator management and to bring the state’s regulations and policies inline with three standards: current science, conservation biology, and ecological principles,” said Dr. Robert Crabtree, Science Advisory Board member of Project Coyote and Chief Scientist of the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center. “As such, I believe the first and most logical step is to do away with what we know violates these standards: wildlife-killing contests.”

Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe also testified in support of greater protections for coyotes, wolves and other wildlife stating that like predators, Native Americans were also persecuted and bountied in California.

“Killing random predators is about as effective at protecting livestock as bailing harder is at saving a sinking boat,” said Keli Hendricks, Petaluma-based cattle rancher and Project Coyote Advisory Board member who also testified before the Commission. “It might help for a short time, but the only real solution is to fix the hole in the boat. The way to fix that hole is to implement one or more of the many non-lethal livestock protection methods available to ranchers today. There are ranchers raising sheep and cattle successfully in challenging areas and around predators ranging from mountain lions to wolves using only non-lethal protection methods.”

Speaking for youth, 17 year-old Grant McComb, founder of One Planet One Chance stated “Wildlife killing contests that involve the mass slaughter of any animal is a blatant insult to future generations- my generation.” McComb traveled from Los Angeles to testify on the issue before the Commission.

“We urge you to use your authority to regulate and restrict take by initiating a rulemaking process to prohibit wildlife killing contests — thus modernizing predator management, conservation and stewardship statewide- and setting the trend for the rest of the nation — as we do so well here in California,” stated Fox.

As a result of today’s vote, a formal rule-making process will commence and the issue will be agendized at the April 16th Fish and Game Commission meeting in Ventura for a full public vetting before the Commission votes on whether to permanently ban wildlife killing contests statewide.

Project Coyote ( is a national non-profit organization promoting compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science, and advocacy.

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan is an avid birder and amateur photographer living on the Pacific Flyway near the Central Valley of Northern California. He is a board member of his local Audubon Society and is a bird and wildlife conservationist. Larry contributes to several wildlife conservation organizations and is a BirdLife International "Species Champion." He is also Habitat Manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Western Burrowing Owl population in the United States. Larry has been blogging about birds since September of 2007 at

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Michele Jankelow

Have you lost it! What society would endorse such abject savagery and cruelty! How dare you!

Barb Ara

you so sick !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michele Jankelow

Why do you do this FOR GOD SAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kay Roberts

I Agree with Amanda Jean!

Marie Meisch

I agree 100% what Amanda Jean is saying!!!

Christine Ce

STOP this senseless, criminal destruction of life !!!

Amanda Jean


Earlene Glisson


Maria Manuela Lopes

Stop killing, no place for that is shame , sad and Disgusting

Kay Bertieri

This must stop asap. The killing is called murder. Kay Bertieri

Leigh Lofgren

This is sickening – STOP

Shelley Finch

Please go and look in f/b. The site is called Rack Em Up. What they are doing there is disgusting. All the killing of wolves, buck, coyotes, bears etc. They are killing massive amounts of them. Is there nothing that can be done?

Sue Jones Aton

LEAVE THE COYOTES ALONE I live in Huntington Beach CA where there are coyotes that walk down our streets there is NOOO need to kill them we can live along side them so PLEASE LEAVE THE COYOTES ALONE they are only looking for food just like we humans do, if we had NOT taken over all the open spaces then we would not such a problem I blame it ALL ON THE HUMANS and their GREED FOR MONEYYYYYY the JERKS

Sarah Zebrzuski

Ignorance and arrogant hunting mindsets.
STOP this insane senseless slaughter.
Those sort of people who think of murdering n killing innocent living beings is justifiable is the root cause of all that is wrong in this world.

Wai Ling  Liu

please stop killing , hunting and trapping our wildlife , this is important and necessary , please help protect and save wolves ecosystem, please give love , thanks

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