There are consequences

Coyotes and Consequences

Two days ago Wildlife’s (can’t stand them using that name) A three-day Predator Hunting Contest and Fur Rendezvous in Idaho began and this “contest” will award prizes for the most wolves and coyotes killed. Money will be paid for the pelts and the black and white wolf pelts will fetch the highest dollar.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management did the right thing when they withdrew 3.1 million acres of BLM land that had been scheduled to be used in the “contest” but the U.S. Forest Service did not revoke the permit for the use of our public lands.

Amy Atwood, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, said the group has a litigation strategy to prevent another derby but declined to go into details.

It is time to stop the senseless killing of apex predators and to stop these “contests”, especially on public land.

This isn’t hunting, not the kind I grew up respecting where the hunters provided food for their families, this is killing for nothing more than the sake of killing. These aren’t hunters they are just people with guns.

We need our apex predators, they belong. These contests do not.

Apex predators are essential for balance in nature. They cull out the old and weak and keep the elk and deer herds strong. By doing that they also prevent habitat destruction caused by over grazing.

When the wolves were extirpated the Yellowstone ecosystem suffered, populations of elk grew beyond what the system could sustain. Hunters were allowed to kill more and more elk but still the population grew and then the elk were slaughtered by the park service. Other inhabitants of the Yellowstone ecosystem and beyond suffered because of the degraded habitat, they starved to death or moved.


The Yellowstone ecosystem improved dramatically when wolves were reintroduced. That is a fact. And science, not superstition or ignorance, shows that we NEED these apex predators to maintain natural balance. A healthy balance.

See how Wolves Change Rivers in this video. Granted the producer called elk deer and they show a European Badger instead of an American Badger but this video is powerful.

Every day we have the opportunity to protest having these contests on federal land by signing petitions, writing our state and federal representatives and supporting conservations groups. Our voices matter and they are getting stronger.



  1. Humming Bird Lover January 6, 2015 at 7:05 am


    Yes I hunted and so did all are families! It was for food not fun! Our country is in a shooting crazy move and they think nothing of killing people in masses Also! It is time it all stopped!

    Leave the wildlife do their thing and save our world we live on instead! I am so proud you are my daughter and fighting for our World & wildlife on this planet!

  2. Utahbooklover January 5, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Thanks for the intelligent quote by Robert Green “Bob” Ingersoll (August 11, 1833 – July 21, 1899) who was a lawyer, a Civil War veteran, political leader, and orator of United States during the Golden Age of Freethought, I learned from Wikipedia.
    I also enjoyed the video link you gave featuring George Monbiot. He also has a book, a TED talk, and an interview on a recent Diane Rehm Show for those wanting more. And thanks Mia for keeping us informed.

  3. Mark Amershek January 5, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Yes – when things are in balance then there is harmony in Nature. When that balance is interfered with by factors outside of Nature then someone has to face the consequences. Typically that is Nature itself. A sad fact that seems to be totally under human control.

  4. CJ Oakley January 5, 2015 at 1:40 am

    With you all the way on this Mia… we have the same problems in northern BC and Alberta… sickening.

  5. Len Boeder January 4, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Mia you are right on!!!

  6. Elephant's Child January 4, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Hiss and spit. And other phrases which might melt down my keyboard.

    • Mia McPherson January 4, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      I know the feeling EC.

  7. Diana January 4, 2015 at 9:57 am


  8. Ian Holland January 4, 2015 at 7:52 am

    This is definitely not my idea of hunting! It is a waste, yet fashion demands fur trimmed coats etc. Godod for the folks in withdrawing the land and boo to not cancelling the permit!

    • Mia McPherson January 4, 2015 at 7:57 am

      Ian, I have seen photos of entire barns covered with the pelts of coyotes, it is sickening.

  9. Bob Bushell January 4, 2015 at 7:04 am

    It’s bloody cruel, just cruel.

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