Stop the Indiscriminate Killing of Ohio’s Coyotes
Coyote hunting has never been regulated in Ohio. Not only are there no limits on how many coyotes can be killed, there are no limits on how inhumane the kill is. The number of coyote-killing contests are on the rise in Ohio–a predator blood sport that makes a game out of inflicting suffering and death. Trophies are given for killing the largest, smallest, the most coyotes, or even the prettiest female coyote. Ohio needs the Ohio Division of Wildlife to regulate coyote hunting and ban wildlife-killing contests.
Unfortunately, Ohio House Bill 553 was introduced which would prevent the Division from adopting rules to protect coyotes from these barbaric wildlife-killing contests.
The Division hires scientific experts to develop wildlife-management plans with the goal of stabilizing wildlife populations for the future. If the Division is prevented from regulating coyotes, what’s the next animal lawmakers will remove from sensible regulation in Ohio? Bears, bobcats, lynx, mink? This could lead to eliminating entire species and repeating Ohio’s shameful history of destroying ecosystems. In the 1800s, Ohio was home to healthy populations of elk, bear, moose, wolves, minks, and otters. Today, many of these species do not exist in this state and others except in very small numbers, because there was not a Division of Wildlife to regulate the hunting. To assure balance in Ohio ecosystems, we must support the regulation of all wildlife by Ohio’s Division of Wildlife and oppose Ohio House Bill 553.
What You Can Do
The Ohio House will start back at the Statehouse in May, with committee hearings and floor sessions. Please call your state representative and send a letter, email or postcard to their office urging them to oppose Ohio House Bill 533. Share this Action Alert on your social media to raise awareness, educate, and encourage others to take action.
As your constituent I am urging you to oppose HB 553, which would prohibit the Ohio Division of Wildlife from regulating the killing of coyotes. Under Ohio’s weak existing law coyotes are fair gamefor cruel coyote trophy killing contests as well as year-round unlimited coyote hunting and trapping.
The Division hires scientific experts to develop wildlife management plans with the goal of stabilizing wildlife populations for the future. If H.B. 553 becomes law, what’s the next animal to lose scientific regulation – bears, bobcats, lynx, foxes, minks? In the 1800s, Ohio had healthy populations of elk, moose, bear, bobcats, lynx, wolves, minks and otters until they were hunted to extinction because there was no Wildlife Division to regulate their unlimited hunting. Today in Ohio, several of these species either exist in very small numbers or not at all in Ohio now.
To assure balance in Ohio’s ecosystems, we must support the regulation of all wildlife by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, and keep politics out of wildlife decisions. Please oppose HB 553, and thank you for your consideration of this important issue.