My son and I were hiking around on the back side of Cordes Junction today and on our way home we passed a wash. My son pointed out something laying in the wash and said we should check it out. I backed up the truck and parked on the side of the road to allow other drivers to pass. We walked down the embankment and what we found was enough to piss the two of us off to no end. There were two dead coyotes laying one behind the other. They had been shot and just left there. Just ahead of us was a concrete culvert that allowed the wash to run under the road. On the other side we found a third coyote that had been skinned and the head was removed.
Personally I can understand how the laws work. I can even understand cutting the populations of some animals down. What I can not understand is the disrespect for a living creature. To just shoot something and then turn around and walk away is beyond me. I raised that if you kill something EAT it. I was also raised that if you kill something at least utilize what you can and bury the rest. For me I can see a lot of useful materials from these coyotes. I can use the hide, sinew, and bones for primitive tools. I called the Arizona Fish and Game to see if they could send out a ranger so I could take them home and use what I could salvage. Their reply was that if the animal did not die of natural causes I could not keep any part of it. My son and I were livid to say the least. I know Arizona’s law and if I go against it and get caught I have some very heavy fines and a good long sit in prison. Since I am a law abiding citizen we did as they said with one extra step. My son and I sprinkled tobacco on the Coyotes as a form of reverence and respect. We then buried them. I am not one to celebrate the kill, I do not need that to feel human. It does not make me feel MANLY or BAD ASS to take a life. I also have what is called empathy………something that a sociopath does not. I grew up hunting as well as trapping, I have taken a lot of food that way. The way I was taught is that there is a big connection between us, the Earth, and everything on it. If I take a life it is out of necessity and the utmost respect is payed after the kill. I give thanks, and I care enough to understand that a life was taking to further mine and that of my family.
I have been told that I am a little too sensitive when it come to things like this. Maybe I am, maybe I have a little more respect for the world around me than most do. I have been in positions where I needed the food, although I don’t suggest eating a coyote, you can if in dire need. There are also resources there that can be used if needed. I do not understand the wasteful mentality of people. The one thing I did notice however, my son seems to share the same feeling on this subject as I do. We spent over two hours digging holes to bury them. In a state that considers the coyote a nuisance, they should still be respected and revered. Don’t get me wrong I don’t see anything wrong with hunting nor population control. This…..this is not hunting, to me it is no different than murder and it reflects the wasteful nature in our society.