The Humane Society of the United States released the results of an undercover investigation of a two-day wildlife killing contest that culminated at an Indiana fire department.
Investigators attended the contest weigh-in at the Williamsport Fire Department, where more than a dozen four-man teams competed in categories for killing the most coyotes, the heaviest coyote and the smallest coyote. The team winning the prize for the most coyotes had 16 of the approximately 60 coyotes shot for the contest.
Indiana state director Samantha Morton said Indiana has no law against wildlife killing contests.
“There is a set season here in Indiana between October and March for Coyote and Fox and there are no limits on these animals during that time period," Morton said. "There are not any type of restrictions on the types of weapons you can use. Using an assault weapon is totally fine.”
The Humane Society said the Williamsport contest was not an isolated event in the state. Others took place this year in Montezuma, Bargersville and Greenwood.
Morton said fire departments, 4-H clubs, farm bureaus, high schools and churches in states across the country have hosted the events.