To: MN House of Representatives, Committee on Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy.
Cc: Committee staff and bill authors.
Re: Night-Vision Scopes and Wildlife Vigilantes (Opposed to HF 2819 & HF 3160)
Get ready for some wild-west, Minnesota coyote-cowboy, vigilante, American-sharpshooter, marketing hype! "It's comin' yer way!"
Proposals to allow hunting with military-style night-vision optics:
These bills are on a fast track at the MN House of Representatives. They were introduced on 3/10/2016 and 3/16/2016, with hearings promptly scheduled for 3/22/2016.
Why? Because we're afraid of predators! And we hate those dirty prairie dogs!
No, not really; most of us aren't, and we don't. We're learning how to live with them. We're not buying the old misinformation.
To put this in perspective: if the DNR were to propose a coyote-extermination program, we would ask them for their references, and they wouldn't be able to produce them. The proposal would fizzle out. Ill-advised. No scientific merit.
But cloak this "killing for the sake of killing" in a slick marketing package, and its base motivations might start to look more like the manly weapon toting that's portrayed in the sales videos: rescues and security.
Minnesota legislators, we need you to see through the hype and examine the issues. Minnesota does not have, and should not have, a coyote-extermination program. When the proponents of these new technologies say they need them to kill more coyotes, ask them for their references. There won't be any. Killing more coyotes isn't the answer to any problem in wildlife management, livestock-depredation control, or public safety. The proposal is ill-advised. No scientific merit. Please oppose HF 2819 and HF 3160.