- Northern Illinois to get $8.3 million for state construction projects
- Tree-lighting festival kicks off holiday season in Machesney Park
- Roscoe Boy Scout Troop’s tree stand at new location
- Tips for selecting safe toys for kids this holiday season
- Prayer service for World AIDS Day Nov. 30
- Food Bank joins national #GivingTuesday movement
- Lee Hamilton: What lies ahead for Congress
- Rockford Public Schools faces $8.8 deficit, board OKs flat tax, HR chief
- Literary Hook: A holiday tradition: ‘This Thanksgiving, Remember’
- Cold snap does not negate global warming
Killing coyotes for sport not justified
Out here, nestled in the small western hills of Winnebago County, we are blessed to experience a plethora of wildlife. Sometimes, if we are lucky, we are awakened to the sounds of the coyotes’ midnight howl.
Coyotes form strong family bonds. Males and females work together to raise their young and, later, when the pups are old enough, the families hunt and defend together.
Listening to the yipping, calling and chorus of a family of coyotes is a magical thing. Not so magical is the gunfire of a coyote hunter’s rifle. A group of men will spread out in these hills to hunt, corner and kill the coyote purely for sport.
I have watched in horror the brutal and vicious assault as this group of hunters surround a frightened coyote, aim their rifles and destroy a life that was never theirs to take. These men are not protecting their property or mine. They are not defending a herd of grazing cattle or a beloved family pet. They simply kill for the sake of a “sport.”
As Immanuel Kant said, “We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
From the Jan. 2-8, 2013, issue