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Coyote Killing Contest Must be Stopped.

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I had the pleasure of photographing Coyotes in an urban park during the summer of 2012, and additionally I had the pleasure of photographing young Coyote pups growing up. Here is a photo set, http://www.flickr.com/photos/rebelgirl/sets/72157629918572669/
It is my opinion they are amazing animals that deserve protection and admiration, and should not be the victims of a shooting contest. Which leads me to this:

Coyote Drive 2013 is on. That means hundreds of Coyotes can be killed during this contest in the name of managing “coyote populations in the Big Valley area.”

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Coyote Adult

 

 

 

 

This is what the hunters will be shooting.

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By shooting the adults hunter’s may leave pups without their parents.

 

The Pit River Rod and Gun Club has planned a Coyote killing contest in Modoc County California on February 8-10th. The link to their contest page is here http://www.adinsupply.com/coyote%20drive.htm
It is common knowledge that hunters rarely can tell the difference between a wolf and a Coyote and it is common knowledge that OR-7 aka Journey has been roaming the areas in Northern California. Journey is that lone wolf that has been a media sensation. And even though California Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB2402, which requires that the California Fish and Game use “ecosystem based management” and the best available science in the stewardship of California’s wildlife,” this contest is going to happen.

UNLESS: see below

What you can do:

Write or email the California Department of Fish & Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham and the California Fish & Game Commission and urge them to stop this coyote hunt. See contact info. and talking points below.
Sign our petition on Change.org and share this with others.
Attend the California Fish & Game Commission meeting on February 6th and testify during the public comment period (using talking points below).
What: California Fish & Game Commission meeting
When: Wed. Feb. 6th @ 8:30 am (public comment period starts at 8:30 sharp so get there early to fill out a speaker card and find a seat)
Where: Resources Bldg., First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento

Draft letter here:
Director Charlton H. Bonham
California Department of Fish & Wildlife
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
director [at] wildlife.ca.gov

California Fish & Game Commission
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1320
Sacramento, CA 95814
fgc [at] fgc.ca.gov

Dear Director Bonham & Commissioners

My name is ____________________ and I live in _____________________, California. [Include a one-sentence description of your experience with wildlife]

I am writing to strongly oppose California’s sanctioning of wildlife killing contests – in particular the upcoming “Coyote Drive 2013” scheduled for Feb. 8-10 in Adin. Not only are such contest hunts offensive in their wanton waste of wildlife and disregard for the important ecological role coyotes (and other predators) play in maintaining ecosystem health and species diversity but they also pose a significant threat to the recovery of gray wolves in California. This region is where wolf OR-7 (aka “Journey”) has been known to range and while DFW staff have expressed their concerns for the safety of OR-7 (and any other un-collared wolves that may roam the area), this contest hunt continues year after year.

It is time that the Department of Fish and Wildlife conduct a top-to-bottom evaluation of its approach to managing predators in California, including a review of current scientific literature and of proven practices that may be more likely to yield better outcomes for wildlife, other animals and people. Governor Jerry Brown recently signed legislation (AB 2402) requiring the agency to use “ecosystem based management” and the best science in its stewardship of California’s wildlife.

Please do everything in your power to stop this coyote killing contest hunt and use this as an opportunity to move California toward more responsible and ethical wildlife management.

Thank you for taking my concerns into consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

 

 

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Elephant Seals: A slice of life!

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Morro Rock at Morro Bay, California

In the month of December 2012 I lost my mom to Pancreatic Cancer, and far away friend in a car accident and a friend to suicide. As soon as I could I went on a road trip. Mentally and medically I needed to take a break. My heart was broken and I needed to cry a lot on my own, so I did my crying in nature.

My road trip: San Francisco to Monterey to Morro bay to Santa Monica to Long Beach to Morro Bay and back to SF. Thats in short. I will write about random experiences and observations. Naturally I took along my cameras and photographic eye.

Random photographic experience #2(1st one will be in next post):

Had spent the night in Monterey at the hostel for two nights, and then drove down the coast. I stopped at the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Then drove down to the Elephant Seal rookery. I will write about my whale watching tours in the next posts, and my stay in Monterey.
There are two locations, an official area where there are docents, and area further south about a 1/4 of a mile. I observed and would like to write about an experience at that location with those elephant seals. Standing around, scanning, camera on, ready, manual focus, 100 ISO set, watch and observe the elephant seals. You can learn their nuances, their purposes, their presence, their culture just by standing and observing them for hours. It was around 2pm, saw a strange rustling in the water, off the beach about 50 feet, heard seal crying, other seals making their signature sounds, it was loud, but still somehow a shark managed to swallow an elephant seal pup. The pup was in the shark’s mouth, but other seals distracted the shark and the shark spit out the elephant seal pup. Other elephant seals pulled the pup to shore, but it was deceased. More than one parent elephant seal was observed mourning the loss of that pup. Unfortunately the birds, like the vultures, the seagulls etc will ravage the pup’s body.
The reason I am writing about it is because when it was occurring I didn’t know what happened until the seal pup was pulled ashore by another seal. The shark hitting that seal pup was very covert and sly, but it is all apart of so-called cycle/circle of life. I’m only posting a few photos of my observation. This was the first time I witnessed the ugly side of photographing wildlife, but I needed to experience it. It was very sad though, and some of the other photogs were astonished and reacted similarly.

Parent Elephant Seal looking at deceased pup Deceased pup Parent Elephant Seal shedding tears? Parent Elephant Seal looking down on deceased pup Parent Elephant Seal Deceased Elephant Seal Pup

Photographed a Bobcat in the Marin Headlands.

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Been spending a lot of time chasing wildlife in the Marin Headlands and Point Reyes National Seashore in California.
Bobcat scientific name Lynx Rufus   I recently lost my mom to Pancreatic cancer, so I have been using Nature therapy to recover from the loss. Since the San Francisco Bay area has many areas where wildlife live and call home, I have been tracking them and photographing them. I was lucky to spot this Bobcat in the Marin headlands. Their scientific name is Lynx Rufus. You can tell the difference between Bobcat’s and domestic cats by the Bobcat’s tail.

 

 

Bobcat

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