February 5, 2023

Maine College Student Organization Board Approves Money for Coyote Hunt

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I would guess that it would be relatively safe to state that this event is rarer than finding a non corrupt politician in Washington, D.C.

The University of Southern Maine, Board of Student Organization, approved an allocation request by Veteran’s Activity Group in the amount of $1,200 for a 6-person coyote hunt in the northern part of the state. According to The Free Press, some at the college are opposed to appropriating student activity money for this claiming the organization’s handbook prohibits using these funds for “alcohol, firearms and anything illegal.” Those supporting funding the event say the handbook restriction was for the purchase of firearms. The $1,200 will pay for outfitter and guide services, and I presume they will use their own firearms.

Information provided in The Free Press article leaves me scratching my head a bit.

The proposal states that the event will be beneficial for the participating students in that it “will enrich members of the student body with regard to their appreciation for coyote’s [sic] and their environmental impact on Maine’s deer herd.”

Without approval from Conger, Wagner said, the expedition will be an event for “photographically capturing” the coyote population in their destination – Masardis, Maine.

And could they be a bit more explicit in just what they are in “appreciation” of? Are they appreciative of the coyote, the coyote’s impact on the deer herd, or both, somehow lumped together. I’m often puzzled at someone being appreciative of a negative.

I have no way of knowing what the real intentions are of this group that is seeking subsidies to go on a “coyote hunt,” but it is just as interesting that should this group not receive funding, they plan to go anyway and take pictures. Take pictures? Seriously? Are they still planning to hire an outfitter and guide services? If so why cameras and not guns? Will this change the appreciation?

I think it’s obvious that with just this article, I don’t have all the information to understand just what this is about, but if they want to go kill some Maine coyotes/wolves I hope they get funding.