Update, 2/19/2016, Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota.
On 2/19/2016, petition signers were asked to call the Minnesota Governor's Office, in a final-hour attempt to halt the raffles associated with the upcoming coyote-hunting tournament--and ideally, as requested by Dr. Maureen Hackett of Howling for Wolves, to halt the tournament itself.
Office of the Governor & Lt. Governor of Minnesota:
Please call to ask Governor Dayton to stop the raffles that are planned in conjunction with the "Save the Birds" Coyote Hunting Tournament in Marshall, MN this weekend, 2/20/2016.
MN Statutes (Section 349.173) allow a raffle in conjunction with a "wild game or fish taking event." Coyotes are not "game" animals, therefore MN Statutes do not allow a raffle in conjunction with a coyote-taking event. Any raffle that is held at the event site during the event should be considered "in conjunction with" the event.
The MN Gambling Control Board has neglected to act. Governor Dayton, please act now to stop these raffles.
Thanks to Howling for Wolves and Maureen Hackett for pressing this issue with the Governor's Office.
Here's an excerpt from Dr. Hackett's letter.