Eastern Coyote/Coywolf Research founder, Dr. Jonathan Way, publishes a testimonial called “Blackballed”, which documents – in detail – the research obstruction that he has experienced trying to study eastern coyotes/coywolves in Massachusetts. Jon is a father, volunteer coach for youth basketball and football, author of two books and over 40 professional publications, and currently lives and works on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Yet, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries – the same agency that authorizes an unlimited six month hunting season for anyone who wants to kill them – has repeatedly obstructed and denied his research requests.
This testimonial is timely as government corruption related to pandering to special interests is now capturing headlines more than ever. State wildlife agencies cater almost exclusively to narrow user groups despite changing demographics of public trust resources, and when Jon’s work as an independent scientist challenged the status quo policy positions within MA Wildlife his career was essentially terminated. The attached testimonial is Jon’s “coming out”. It’s intended to give readers a specific, informed first-hand account of the power that state agencies wield on obstructing productive field work and discriminating against freedom of speech when scientists challenge their authority and policies.
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