Outrage over coyote-killing contests in Wisconsin is producing a move to outlaw them.
From: Sen.Risser <Sen.Risser@legis.wisconsin.gov>
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2019 4:38 PM
To: *Legislative All Senate; *Legislative All Assembly;
Subject: Co-Sponsorship of LRB-1453/1: relating to wildlife killing contests
TO: Legislative Colleagues
FROM: Senator Fred Risser
DATE: January 24, 2019
RE: LRB 1453/1 relating to: prohibiting contests for killing wild animals and providing a penalty
In Wisconsin, there is no prohibition to wildlife killing contests. These contests use various tactics to attract, manipulate, confuse, and even temporarily blind wildlife in order to kill as many animals as possible. Dogs, semi-automatic weapons, ATVs, traps, snares, and snowmobiles are often used in such contests, including participants chasing animals on snowmobiles to the point of exhaustion and running them over repeatedly.
Many hunters have condemned these contests as unethical and say they create a bad name for those who hunt ethically. This bill would prohibit all wildlife killing contests, much like laws in California and Vermont which prohibit predator killing contests.
If you would like to sign-on to this bill, please contact Senator Risser’s office (6-1627), or by email, no later than Friday, February 1, 2019.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill prohibits the organization of and participation in contests for killing wild animals. “Contest” is defined as an organized or sponsored competition with the objective of taking, capturing, or killing a wild animal for entertainment or for the chance to win designated prizes. “Contest” does not include a lawful fishing tournament. The bill prohibits a person from doing any of the following: 1) organizing, conducting, or sponsoring a contest; 2) providing a venue for a contest; and 3) participating in a contest. A violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a forfeiture.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be printed as an appendix to this bill.