Hunters help wildlife by killing coyotes
I would like to comment on an article in the Kingman Daily Miner on March 14, "Coyote Kills was not a Hunt." I have never personally attended a coyote hunt anywhere, but by no means will I condemn one, either. Mankind is by far the largest predator of all animals on this planet. Unless we have more coyote hunts, people will have to drive further than Seligman to view antelope in the wild.
First, I'd like to correct Marlene Tidwell. There were no baits used during this hunt. I will address this fact shortly. What happened to the "Balance of Nature" is due 100 percent to human encroachment which then turns into a decreased habitat.
With the decrease of habitat, predators and prey are forced to co-exist in a much more confined area. The purpose and intent of a coyote hunt is to allow for fawns, both antelope and deer, a better chance for survival.
Coyote prefer antelope fawns verses any other prey and is their No. 1 choice of food. By temporarily removing the predators from the confines of the birthing areas as humanely as possible, antelope and deer fawns have a better chance of survival.
Now, let's discuss the issue with the mountain lion. Per Arizona Game and Fish Regulation R 12-4-304, No 8, page 109, baiting mountain lions is illegal. It is also illegal to kill a mountain lion accompanied by "spotted kittens." This is found in the Arizona Game and Fish hunting regulations book on page 51. Marlene Tidwell, please be advised that bears have "cubs" and mountain lions have "kittens."
As you and everyone else can clearly see, it is essential that hunters maintain some semblance of a balance between predators and prey for the birthing areas for antelope and deer fawns.
Brian D. McCutcheon