Dog fighting allowed in Pennsylvania? Hounds attack coyotes in contest

In Frenchville, Pennsylvania, the annual coyote killing contest begins today. For the next three days every coyote killed using guns, traps or dogs are rewarded with cash prizes. The Mosquito Creek Sportsman Club is hosting the event – its 29th Coyote Hunt.

According to Wolf Patrol, last year brought record breaking numbers with 4,812 hunters participating. All together, 225 coyotes were killed – the heaviest a male weighing 48.5 pounds. That hunter received a prize of $9,624. Every coyote weighed in collected $86 bring a total of $48,120 in prizes paid out to the hunter.

Many of the hunters signed up this year will be bringing their dogs.  The Pennsylvania  Game Commission allows hunting dogs to kill coyotes they chase. Vicious dog fights frequently ensue as multiple hunting hounds pursue the coyote until it is exhausted and then together proceed to rip the wild animal apart in a grueling and cruel fight.

Pennsylvania remains home to more wildlife killing contests than any other state – hosting more than 30 coyote killing contests after deer hunting season.

CAUTION: Violent and graphic videos of dogs killing coyotes as the hunters cheer the dogs on.

Coyote Hunting with Hounds (and Trucks) is Legalized Dog-Fighting!

All winter, Wolf Patrol has been sharing with the public a window into the world of coyote hunting with hounds. All of the videos featured this winter have been shared and published by hound hunters themselves on private Facebook pages where animal cruelty and dog-fighting is supported and encouraged.The hound hunting community has responded not with a willingness to condemn such cruelty, but instead by encouraging others not to post such videos and hide the barbarity of their sport from you, the public.This video first appeared on the Facebook page, "Coyote Hunting with Hounds" shared by Ohio hounder, Riley Post who commented on the post's comments that the end of the filmed chase was too graphic too share even amongst hound hunters.It's time for all people, especially ethical hunters and sportspeople to speak out against the animal abuse currently disguised as hound hunting. If the hunting of coyotes with hounds is legal in your home state, please contact state wildlife officials and let them know hunting coyotes with hounds is legalized dog-fighting.

Posted by Wolf Patrol on Saturday, February 15, 2020

“All of the videos featured this winter have been shared and published by hound hunters themselves on private Facebook pages where animal cruelty and dog-fighting is supported and encouraged.

The hound hunting community has responded not with a willingness to condemn such cruelty, but instead by encouraging others not to post such videos and hide the barbarity of their sport from you, the public.

This video first appeared on the Facebook page, “Coyote Hunting with Hounds” shared by Ohio hounder, Riley Post who commented on the post’s comments that the end of the filmed chase was too graphic to share even amongst hound hunters.”

Perhaps the continued exposure of this animal cruelty will remind ethical hunters how the public perceives such atrocities? These wild animals are not being killed for food – only for cash. Dog fighting is a federal crime, yet this continues.

Please contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission and let them know that dog-fighting and contest killing are not ethical and acceptable hunting practices for any state wildlife agency to endorse. 

Send your comments to the Pennsylvania Game Commission: pgccomments@pa.gov.

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