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I am immensely disheartened that The Gazette chose to publish the article "Coyotes Are Hot" on the front page of the March 3 business section. The entire article is polished over and explains nothing about how coyotes are tortured and killed to have their fur used on coat trims and collars.

According to trapfreemt.org, and tfmpl.org, where you can learn and research most of the crucial truths about trapping alone (as a means of killing coyotes), "Less than 1 percent of Montanans reportedly trap and kill an average of a minimum of 60,000 wildlife annually. These are just the ones reported!" And since coyotes are labeled as "vermin" by many people, they are often the most tortured and misunderstood of all wild animals, and they are allowed to be killed at any time, in any wretched way possible.

Please think about it, our world now has the technology to produce synthetic fur that looks exactly like real fur, with no torment or killing involved. Our wildlife managers and trappers assign a totally different paradigm to wild animals, than for example, stray dogs, and with recreational trapping, there is little to no regulation or ethics applied. According to therainforestsite.com, at least 400,000 coyotes are killed each year in the U.S., and the USDA Wildlife Services agency kills at least 80,000 of those coyotes. And consider that trapfreemt.org tells us, "Trapping undermines wildlife management" — and with coyotes, often no management at all. The time has come for wild animals to keep their own fur!

Heidi Woods

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