Do you know that Mountain Lions once roamed Maine’s landscape before the Europeans arrived in the New World. The area of North America that is now Maine possessed a rich diversity of carnivores and their prey.
But I want to tell you another story today. Our sister state, California, that is on the opposite side of our continent is blessed to have Mountain Lions, and the Law prohibits killing this important carnivore there. Well it just so happens that the President of the Wildlife Commission in California….the Agency charged with the Public Trust to protect wildlife….went off to Idaho…killed a Mountain Lion there….and of course, had to pose with the deceased animal…showing his power and control…yes?
The people of California finding out about this used their power to have him removed from office. So here is a person who is charged to protect the Mountain Lion in California, and going to kill one in Idaho. Stop seriously for a moment and think about it.
So what I would like to really share with you is not so much what this person did, but what the people of California did. They saw a man whose behavior mocked the position he was given in trust by the people of California. And the people found their own POWER TO SPEAK UP.
We can learn from the courage of our fellow Americans then to speak up for Coyote. What is happening here in Maine to Coyotes is EXPLOITATION, not hunting, and you have the power to change this. Contact your legislators ~ tell them you want restricted laws to protect Coyotes…and NO CHASING WITH DOGS, OR NIGHT HUNTING, OR BAITING, OR KILLING PUPS IN THEIR DENS.
Remember, the power in a Democracy lies with the people….and that is YOU!