Animal Rights Groups File Restraining Order to Stop Oregon Coyote Killing Contest

Posted on January 16, 2014

Animal Legal Defense Fund, Project Coyote Take to Courts to Stop Illegal Gambling, Shut Down Coyote Hunt

For immediate release:


Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Megan Backus, Animal Legal Defense Fund


BEND, Oregon —Today, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund, along with Project Coyote and an individual Oregon resident, asked the Harney County, Oregon Circuit Court for a temporary restraining order to stop the JMK Coyote Hunting Contest scheduled this weekend. Although the judge did not grant the emergency relief, he agreed that the “Calcutta” aspect of the weekend’s events in particular constituted an illegal gambling activity. In this event, participants place cash bets on how well a hunting team will advance through the weekend tournament, similar in style to “March Madness” styles of betting. As gambling is illegal in the state of Oregon, the judge advised that given the lawsuit ALDF filed on January 16, 2014, the co-plaintiffs could be awarded monetary damages if the event proceeds this weekend. Last year’s JMK coyote killing contest killed nearly 150 coyotes and netted cash prizes totaling more than $10,000. Today’s hearing had favorable overtures from the court, despite the denial of emergency relief, and may remove the financial incentive to participate in a killing contest. By taking away the cash prizes—and posing the risk of financial damages—a favorable ruling could dramatically change the structure and incentive of the hunting contest in the future.

Under Oregon wildlife laws, there is little to no bag limit or restriction on the destruction of coyotes, who are legally considered vermin in Oregon. As such, animal and environmental groups have expressed grave concern about the risk to habitat and wildlife posed by hunting contests. Today’s lawsuit takes on the violation of Oregon’s strict gambling laws–in the hunting contest, hunters place bets on winning teams. Last year’s event resulted in the killing of nearly 150 coyotes, and cash prizes totaling more than $10,000. Gambling has been deemed a nuisance by state law, and under Oregon law, a court is enabled with the power to stop illegal gambling events. An ALDF representative will be available for questions after the hearing Friday.

Where: Harney County Circuit Court, 450 N. Buena Vista #16, Burns OR 97720

When: 3:00pm Friday, January 17, 2014

“Predator killing contests have no place in the 21st century,” said Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote. “Killing coyotes for fun and prizes is ethically repugnant, morally bankrupt, and ecologically indefensible. Such contests demean the immense ecological and economic value of predators, perpetuating a culture of violence and sending a message to children that life has little value.”

“This event –which even encourages children to participate in a bloodbath for sport—is a nuisance to the community,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “Trivializing the killing of animals for cash prizes is a terrible tarnish on the state of Oregon, and the court has a duty to uphold state law for the good of all its inhabitants.”

Copies of the complaint are available upon request.

88 thoughts on “Animal Rights Groups File Restraining Order to Stop Oregon Coyote Killing Contest

  1. Roberta Parrish says:

    This is an abhorrent and violent waste of innocent lives. It has NO place in a civilized society.

  2. Joanne Scott says:

    This is just repulsive!!!

  3. Stephanie Gans says:

    As time goes on, we seem to be becoming more and more barbaric.

  4. Joseph Fanning says:


  5. Stephanie Rosenberg says:

    Disgusted with the blatant disregard given to this beautiful creature.

  6. Sanati says:

    There’s just no tolerance for any animal who competes with humans for food… or space to graze the food, before it even becomes our food. Humans are such fools!

  7. Marilyn Stalsworth says:

    Every day I read some type of horrible contest involving the lives of innocent animals. What is wrong with people?!

  8. Danl Tetley says:

    This is beyond barbaric. End it now and do something wonderful for our shared habitat.

  9. Victor Genotte says:

    Stop the unnecessary killing!

  10. wendy broad says:

    stop the killing

  11. Linny Miller says:


  12. Joyce Frievalt says:

    This is HORRIBLE! What are these people thinking?! Who are these people?! And then to let children participate in this? Is this country trying to raise future serial killers?

    1. Lea Bayliss says:

      This is a really good point? Desensitizing youngsters who grow into desensitized adults is good for the economy – condoning war, oppression of other cultures to steal their resources, destruction of wildlife and habitat to provide the irresposible companies within the oil, gas and mining industry with the land they want – any adult with empathy would not be able to participate ethically in any of the above. So brainwash them as youngsters – its good for the economy.

  13. Quit being KILL MONGERS.

  14. Jamie Green says:

    The human race disgusts me! And they’re the animals?

  15. Justine Smith says:

    Prosecute to the fullest extent.

  16. D. Weiler says:

    Killing coyotes & wolves is not entertainment, & not anything but MURDER!

  17. Yvonne Gregory says:

    Senseless and barbaric,why are people so unbelievably evil :(

  18. anita james says:

    “Non – violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” Thomas A. Edison …….<3

  19. Sophie Worrall says:

    Saddening and utterly disgusting. This is just senseless barbaric cruelty.

  20. Mark Jennerjohn says:

    These creatures too are part of God’s creation.

  21. Marie Cooper-Martinez says:

    It is truly sad and scary when humans want to band together and exterminate a species, a sentient being, because they think of them as pests. Live and let live. There is no place for such barbaric inhumanity in today’s society.

  22. Toby Mendelsohn says:

    Please don’t allow Murdering of these beautiful beings, it’s beyond senseless!!!! Also reflects on you/your state, very dispicable – please please please do NOT allow this I’m begging!!!

  23. Carla says:

    A senseless act of violence and cruelty on an poor animal who has just as much right to walk this earth as us. Who are you to play God?!

  24. Jennifer says:

    Barbic cruelty :-(

  25. Jana Maksuta Waltz says:

    Against animal cruelity.

  26. Jana Maksuta Waltz says:

    Against animal cruelty.

  27. Morgan Kanae says:

    It’s barbaric and cruel and let’s not forget bad for the environment to slaughter these animals.

  28. Amy Parks says:

    Please stop the killing of these innocent animals

  29. Heather thompson says:

    Please save these animals!

  30. Nancy Rieser says:

    I continue to be aghast at hunters who sanctimoniously claim a species a “pest” Human beings, who hunt dressed up in cammo with rifles are of the species with a problem. Sad to know that if all humans died on earth, the planet would….flourish.

  31. Carlene Ridenour says:

    Stop supporting and allowing these murderers (calling themselves hunters)to kill and destroy our wild animals. Put them ALL on an island in the Pacific Ocean -with no way back- and turn them loose on each other.

  32. kate silverek says:

    This have to stop.
    All animals matter in there habitat

  33. Deborah Wolf says:

    This is barbaric and unacceptable. We are not living in a 3rd world country … Stop this immediately .

  34. anitacoffey says:

    This is madness!!

  35. Jamie Belongia says:

    Is this really who we’ve become as a species? The species that considers itself to be the most evolved, the most advanced…..superior to all…. The only species that kills for pleasure….

  36. Geri says:

    I cannot believe that U.S. animal welfare laws will allow such a barbaric atrocity to take place. Those participating must be truly sick to derive pleasure from killing innocent animals. This is pure bloodlust and should be outlawed in any civilised society. Where is compassion and decency?

  37. Kathy Parnell says:

    The killing of animals should never ever be a contest and encourage to be one Thats not what we need to teach the younger generation We should teach them animals have a right to live just the same as humans

  38. Eric Granger says:

    Disgusting. Humans should not strive to take pleasure at the expense of another life.

  39. devin sims says:

    Plz stop this pointless damaging massacrecof a sport. Black rhinos are declared extinct whats next coyotes or wolves.r

  40. Wanda Cook says:

    This is totally sick and needs to stop

  41. Fernando Grasso says:

    Empty people who do this kind of things for entertainment, really poor and sick minds, but why let them do this? and the laws? and animal protectionists?

  42. Felicia Jaschik says:

    This behavior is inhumane and totally disgusting. It is time to stop the killing.

  43. Patricia Rivera says:

    From Chile I am against all kind of killing animal. I deffend my minor brothers and I don’t want they to kill these beautiful and defenseless animals, they have a life, they have feelings. I am a vegetarian and I want to spread my voice to deffend all animals in the word from men, who is the real depredator.

  44. Teofilo A. Molinelli says:

    I simply cannot understand why… It is evil and barbaric. Are we really so “civilized”?

  45. Luanne Alomair says:

    SHAMEFUL and Im surprised to learn this and embarrassed for Oregon to participate in such a cruel and lowly activity.

  46. Tami Phelps says:

    Such hunts are ignorant, barbaric, and serve no practical purpose.

  47. john kleman says:

    are we really this stupid, for us to survive so MUST THEY. If we kill them this is our death sentence.

  48. Nicole says:

    They are beautiful creatures and deserve to live just like everyone else. LEAVE THEM ALONE.

  49. Josue Cano says:

    Aweful. Just aweful. How pathetic can you people be. It’s reasons like this that endanger animals.

  50. patty penke says:

    Please NO…..people please stop thinking that animals don’t count. God created these animals and he loves them, as much as he loves us.

  51. Dana Banks says:

    Stop Killing Animals for fun !!!

  52. Heathe says:

    Please stop the killing.

  53. Jeannette Bonomo says:

    Coyotes play an important part in our environment. Contrary to what ranchers claim, they rarely take calves and they are not depleting our deer and elk populations. Native predators keep prey populations healthy and vital, along with the surrounding habitat. Furthermore, when the pointless slaughter of Coyotes occurs (like the JMK Hunt), the Coyote population actually increases in response. Perhaps a little coexistence might go a long way? The Coyote would prey on the Belding’s Ground Squirrel (which JMK also likes to blast away by the thousands), and their population would even out (stabilize), rather than increase.
    Another side note, all the animals that JMK leaves in the field after being shot… The carcasses are full of lead! The high-velocity varmint round ammunition fragments into tiny slivers inside the body. Just because there is an entry wound and an exit wound DOES NOT mean there is no lead left in the animal. I have radiographed many ground squirrels, rabbits, quail and coyotes who were all shot – they all have lots of lead left in them. And you know what? Eagles, hawks, vultures, etc… are getting lead poisoning from coming down and feeding on them. So, not only is JMK killing the animals they are directly shooting, they are also killing countless others by secondarily poisoning. Double the atrocity! End this!

  54. Monica Martin says:

    Someone needs to put a stop to this..killing innocent animals for perverse human entertainment is part of all that is wrong in this country..all lives should count ..this is cruel..

  55. Gail Katz says:

    Why is this ok in any realm.?

  56. Suzanne says:


  57. D. Fonte says:

    This is senseless and cruel. Please stop this barbaric event!

  58. Codruta Onaga says:

    Why human race has to prove again that we are despicable cruel as a race? A life is a life and an animal life should count as much us ours. So please, STOP THE KILLING!

  59. These are beautiful magnificent animals. They are not trophy prizes. It is dispicable that humans would hunt them. Stop this, it is discusting.

  60. ondine says:

    Only people that have serious mental issues would even consider murdering innocent animals for amusement. Sick people. This should never be allowed in the United States or ANY where in the world. These people should seek help from a mental institution.

  61. Leanne says:

    We seem to be less and less willing to share our planet with those equally entitled to be here. Stop the killing.

  62. Tanya Dixon says:

    I think is really time to think on what r you teaching to American ppl, children’s generation of monsters, your teaching killing, blood, no respect for others life’s that’s why kids r killing kids on schools , cuz what they see, what they learn this is ridiculous, it is already tto much destruction, this has to stop, you have to stop it, killing animals for fun????? Your wrong this has to stop it is turning into a country of cold blooded ppl.

  63. k Bourque says:

    These animals are innocent creatures who love and love life as much as humans. They are an important part of the ecosystem and deserve to live. Really, it is time to get some intelligent humans in charge who will start to implement some real and mindful conservation. Murdering wildlife is not an intelligent solution.

  64. Walter Bertschinger says:

    This contest is most disturbing. Please stop it!

  65. Diana says:

    Animals are gift from God!!! He did not give them to us to abuse!!!!!

  66. Ulla Andersson says:

    Let the animals live.

  67. angel reyes says:

    This is madness

  68. Shell says:

    Coyotes are considered vermin?…..Hah!!!!….if that ain’t the pot callin’ the kettle black!!!!!
    The humans,and i use the word humans loosely, that participate in such a disgusting event are nothing but warped,egotistical buffoons!!!!!!!

  69. Carmen Soto-Minder says:

    Allowing such barbaric atrocity belonged in a prehistoric era …not to the present civilized and cultured Oregonian people…where is your decency?

  70. Lorraine T says:

    people please stop thinking that animals don’t count. God created these animals and he loves them, as much as he loves us.

  71. tina daly says:

    its wrong too kill them beautiful animals they have a right too life as much as you or i have the are not vermin stop this now hunters are scum disgusting vile pigs

  72. Tara dean says:


  73. fiona cooke says:

    these people are sick, its inhumane but they will have no luck in the rest of their lives, this must be stopped now

  74. EllenPassinger says:

    Please stop it now !!!!!!

  75. N says:

    Predator killing contests have no place in the 21st century! Stop the killing of innocent animals NOW

  76. V says:

    Get a grip on killing our wild life. If we keep the killing up then we will no longer have a wild life at all. there is no reason to keep killing these animals. It’s a shame that we can not stop the killing. PLEASE STOP KILLING OFF THE WILD LIFE. They have rights too you know. How would you like it if they just came into you area and killed you just for the hell of it?????YOU WOULDN’T!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO STOP THE KILLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. Willieface says:

    People are the biggest predator on the plant and do the most damage to themselves and other creatures who live on this earth with us! Only sick people would want to do this!

  78. Darlene Benoit says:

    What can we do to stop this ?

  79. We are all Gods creatures,remember that.

  80. kim says:

    simply a disgrace to be human animals have more respect they kill for foos not fun!

  81. Rita Carraher says:

    When is there going to be a solid law from the President/Congress that bans overall Animal Cruelty which should include an offenders list so no one can harm an animal again?! This should be for the wild and domestic animals of this nation and world. It is time to stop the abuse NOW!!!

  82. dalene says:

    Don’t shoot what you don’t eat.

  83. Jocelyne slater says:

    Don’t kill!

  84. Carolle Perreault says:

    Oregon must come up to 21st century. Killing should never be a game!

  85. Donna Delange says:

    …..ideally, a good spot for your animal energy would be in a pet shelter. These shelters are understaffed and underfunded!!!I would think a true, caring, loving, nurturing and protective animal lover would be very welcome here. Get involved!!! Put your hands and heart where your mouth is.

  86. Jodi Burton says:

    How about population control with spay or neuter

  87. Don Gordon says:

    Don’t kill them if they are not causing any harm

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