Missouri school-sponsored 'coon hunt' generates national complaints

More than 2,200 people across the country signed an online petition to end the raccoon hunt, a tradition that dates back 37 years

Associated Press
December 11, 2019 - 3:48 pm
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PATTON, Mo. (AP) - A southeast Missouri school district was flooded with complaints over the latest school-sponsored raccoon hunt, a tradition that dates back 37 years.

The Banner Press reports that more than 2,200 people across the country signed an online petition to end this weekend's "FFA coon hunt" in which 94 raccoons were brought in. The Banner Press even received about 20 emails protesting the event, however, they were all from outside of the state.

FFA adviser Sarah Burgfeld says she and other officials in the Meadow Heights district received so many phone calls and emails that she filed a harassment complaint with the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department.

Burgfeld said a number of those who protested the hunt did so with name-calling and vulgarity.