I am a humane policy volunteer for The Humane Society of the United States and I am writing in regards that Coyotes are members of the Canidae family, along with dogs, foxes, jackals and wolves. They serve an important role in our ecosystem by keeping rodent populations in check, cleaning up the environment by consuming dead animal carcasses, increasing biodiversity, removing sick animals from the gene pool and dispersing seeds. Indiscriminately killing coyotes in wildlife killing contests, like the event that occurred Dec. 6, 2020, in Williamsport, is counterproductive to effective wildlife population management and can instead result in more under-socialized coyotes that tend to have more conflicts with pets and livestock. I hope that the Natural Resources Commission will stop this senseless blood sport by ending wildlife killing contests in Indiana.

Susan Cable