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NYC assemblywoman slams Sullivan coyote hunt

Rosenthal: "game of glory"

NEW YORK – The annual coyote hunt set to take place in February in Sullivan County is “a game of glory, designed to satisfy a blood-lust” to kill the wild predators. That assessment comes from State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a New York City Democrat.

This is the 12th annual coyote hunt sponsored by the Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs of Sullivan County.

Rosenthal said that the hunt, where the winner who kills the biggest coyotes can win a raffled rifle, “is indefensible on any grounds” and she is opposed to it.

“There are plenty of humane ways to control populations that are considered nuisance or predator wildlife, but having a contest, a blood-sport, animal-killing spree is certainly not the most effective and safe nor humane way to control wildlife population,” she said.

The president of the Sportsmen’s Clubs Federation, Jack Danchak, said coyotes are vicious, predatory animals and the purpose of the annual hunt is to help reduce the population.

“Anybody in the country who is raising chickens, lambs, goats, sheep, they are in jeopardy, and God forbid if you have a child and you leave it in the backyard alone, who knows what these coyotes would do. They already have taken a jogger in Canada, a 28-year-old woman, attacked her and killed her.”

Danchak said coyotes are smart animals and can evade hunters. He pointed to 61 coyotes taken by 641 hunters during the three-day hunt last year. Rosenthal said the hunt resulted in “the needless death…(of) innocent animals.”

This year’s hunt will be held on February 8, 9, and 10. The hunter with the heaviest coyote will win $2,000; second place will win $500; third place will win $250 and all other coyotes taken will pay off $80.

Hunter registration is $35 including a banquet dinner and gun raffle ticket.

 


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