|Coyote in the grasslands (photo by Greg Kramos, USFWS)|
They are called Wildlife Killing Contests, and chances are they are happening on public lands near you. Each year thousands of coyotes, foxes, bobcats, prairie dogs, crows, and even wolves are targeted in these horrific events where contestants win prizes and awards for killing the animals. These contests are largely un-monitored by state and federal wildlife agencies, and it is up to folks like you and advocates like our great guest Betsy Klein to put a stop to them.
Betsy, who is the founder of I AM WOLF NATION, and co-founder of Plan B to Save Wolves, educates us on what these killing contests are, the misinformation given for their existence, and shares with us how to best assist in the effort to ban wildlife killing contests in Arizona, and in your neck of the woods.
|The end result of a horrific contest (photo courtesy of Southwest Environmental Center)|
Special thanks to Emily Renn of Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery for helping to set this episode up.
I AM WOLF NATION (A Call to Action Group)
Plan B to Save Wolves (Organization)
A Death of Ethics: Is Hunting Destroying Itself? (Article by Todd Wilkinson, mentioned in the interview)
Project Coyote (Organization)
Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs (movie trailer mentioned in the interview)
Sedona Wolf Week (Regional Event happening March 25th -30th, 2019)