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I’m writing to discuss the issue of killing contests in Wisconsin, specifically the contest Moondog Madness held in January in Sparta, Cambria and Sauk City.

After reading on the subject, it’s clear that indiscriminately killing hundreds of coyotes in a small area is unsportsmanlike and ecologically disruptive. They use calls to kill as many coyotes as possible to win prizes like guns and gear.

Many times coyotes killed are left in heaps. Ethical hunters use the animals they harvest and respect the environment they hunt in. Stop the Madness is a local group that is asking for an end to these outdated contests and encourages ethical hunting of coyotes and other wildlife.

Thank you for considering writing on the subject.

Andrea Christoff, Baraboo