Update, 1/15/2016, Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota.
Harney County, Oregon -- It's getting uglier around the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge this weekend. The Harney County Coyote Classic is coming to the area. Another destructive force. Spotlights and gunfire at night. Spin-offs into firefights? Best to stay far away.
Here's some advice from Predator Defense on who to call about this situation in Oregon:
"HERE'S HOW TO HELP: express your concern to County and State officials in Oregon! Call the Harney County, Oregon, Sheriff's Office at 541-573-6156 or email the Sheriff at email@example.com, and urge him to either (a) cancel the coyote-killing contest, or (b) make the Wildlife Refuge out of bounds for coyote-hunt contestants. Call Oregon Governor Kate Brown at (503) 378-4582, or write at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/share-your-opinion.aspx and ask her to act."
Also, check out the information from Predator Defense on the importance of coyotes to intact, healthy ecosystems; and the foolishness of indiscriminate killing--not just in contests like this, but in all of its misguided forms.