It is legal in New York to hunt with packs of hounds, and some of these hunters are trapping foxes and coyotes, staking them down or shooting them, in the legs by choice, to "slow them down," then turning their dogs on them, according to the website coyoteinfo.typepad.com ( http://coyoteinfo.typepad.com/). Photos posted on coyoteinfo show captive animals being attacked and killed by hounds. Comments by hunters, also posted on the site, describe penning, attaching heavy drags or wounding as other ways to insure their dogs will make a kill.
A New York wildlife officer said that such actions would be illegal, noting that to transport a live game animal was against the law. She said licensed trappers had to either kill or release animals caught in their traps. She made no comment on the morality of this kind of animal abuse, but did go on to add that it might be permissible on a licensed game farm. She said she was not aware of any in her region, however. There are a few licensed pens in New York where hunting dogs are released to run down and kill captive coyotes and foxes, who cannot escape. These pens are used to train the dogs and are also used for events called "races" where prizes are given. One website, apparently from Iowa ( http://www.rapidcreekridgekennels.20m.com/), gives an overview of the sport.
Hunting with packs of dogs who tear their prey apart is widely condemned by animal and wildlife groups and many hunting associations. The use of captive, injured, restrained, starved, and exhausted animals who cannot possibly escape or fight off their attackers is clearly beyond any standards of "sport" or ethical hunting. The fact that in many cases these coyotes and foxes have also endured the agony and horror of being trapped in snares and leg-hold traps before being ripped apart makes it even more repulsive. That these so-called hunters are permitted free rein to indulge in their sadistic amusement is a great shame to those states that permit it, including New York.