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Coyote Hunts

A coyote hunts in the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone Park Sept. 29, 2016. Almost 77,000 people have signed online petitions at care2.org with another 308,000 at change.org against the legality of “coyote whacking” in Wyoming. 

PINEDALE (WNE) — Almost 77,000 people have signed online petitions at Care2.org with another 308,000 at change.org against the legality of “coyote whacking” in Wyoming.

Those 385,000 signatures come from across the country and many countries around the world for the petitions, which are aimed at Wyoming legislators and the governor.

“We wish this was a twisted joke,” the Care2 petition begins. “Unfortunately, there really are people who participate in a sport called ‘coyote whacking’ and they can continue to legally do so. Wyoming legislators had an opportunity to outlaw it but they didn’t even bother looking at the bill, let alone passing it.”

House Bill 288, titled “Animal cruelty – snowmobiles,” was introduced by freshman Rep. Mike Yin, D-Jackson, on Jan. 28 after he reportedly received a video and photos of people chasing coyotes, wearing them out and killing them. Sen. Mike Gierau, D-Jackson, co-sponsored the bill.

It went to the Wyoming House of Representatives, where it was not considered for introduction by the Feb. 4 deadline. It requested criminal penalties for “aggravated cruelty to animals,” including sponsors, for using a snowmobile to “willfully and wantonly cause the death, injury or undue suffering of an animal, including a predatory animal.”

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