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home : opinions : opinions December 17, 2014


4/16/2014 1:26:00 PM
Brutal slaughter was also illegal
Sandra Albee, Cumberland

Coyote hunting is legal in Wisconsin. I had no idea the cruelty of this sport until I viewed the reality of an entire kill executed by three hunters and their five hunting dogs. I watched the kill from a front row seat in my yard less than a month ago.
I saw the coyote arrive first skidding to the right and the five hunting dogs were on it one second later. Fifteen to twenty seconds later the hunters appeared; some in snowshoes. I watched the terror in the coyote's eyes and the teeth of the coyote as it fought to its death while the dogs tore it to a bloody death.
The three hunters stood over the kill, which lasted more than a full minute. They stood close enough that the dogs' tails were touching their boots. No attempt was made to pull the dogs off the coyote and humanely shoot it. I will forever be haunted by their comments and the pleasure on their faces as they watched their dogs violently kill this beautiful animal. These hunters left a horrid reminder of the slaughter with a 50-foot blood trail.
Legally these hunters were supposed to pull their dogs off the coyote and shoot it to kill it-they did not.
In my opinion the conduct demonstrated by the hunters on the day of the kill was not honorable sportsmanship. Furthermore, their disrespectful comments as I watched this blood sport were that I had no right to be upset, and they had every right to be in my yard killing in this manner.
How different are these hunters in character from the pit bull fighters who enjoy watching the barbaric tease and kills of the dogs they fight?
It is important for the public to know that these hunters have no legal right to run dogs on your land without prior authorization; it is illegal.
I realize this type of kill naturally happens in the wild. That is God's design for his animals. They are animals, and we are people. We will be held accountable.
"For every animal of the forest is mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills. Every bird of the mountains and all the animals of the field belong to me."- Psalm 50:10-11.

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014
Article comment by: Randall R. Kniess

If what you wrote is true, and I have no reason to doubt you, then these men (?) are cowards. What you described isn't a sport, but depravity. I'd rather see a deer poached to feed a family, rather than see an animal hunted only to be wasted for what?

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