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.”

Tammy Nordberg

From the Jan. 2-8, 2013, issue

5 thoughts on “Killing coyotes for sport not justified

  • Jan 2, 2013 at 7:03 am


    I live just outside of western Winnebago County. When I moved here 49 years ago I could sit on my porch and count 100’s of Pheasants, rabbits, deer, fox, racoons, ducks I also have a small creek that runs through my property,my property is, was, a heaven for animals. I went for a walk around my property yesterday, I saw 1 pheasant, no rabbits NO small animals. I to hear the “HOWLS” of your beloved Coyotes they are killing your plethora of wildlife. If you leave your small dogs, cats etc outside at night don’t be surprised if they eaten by 1 of your beautiful coyotes.

    You quote Kant maybe you only cherry pick quotes that agree with you warped opinions, how about another Kant quote
    “Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.”
    I suggest that You have no experience, only theory.

  • Jan 2, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I have to agree that killing animals for the sake of killing is wrong. However, as Mr. Davis notes, invasive species are either dealt with, or we suffer the resulkts.

    PETA had a problem with culling the deer herds of chronic wasting disease, as I recall. What would the deer population look like today fi we listened to them?

  • Jan 3, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Mr. Fowler

    How many pheasants did the DRN say were in Illinois. Why does the state of Illinois need 30,00 coyotes?
    Mr. Fowler me thinks maybe you are a PETA person along with Tammy. Do you eat meat?

  • Jan 8, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Time to cull the herd (humans that is).

  • Apr 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    If it bothers you so much, then move your lazy a** out of the location

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