I speak as a South Dakotan and a graduate of South Dakota State University.
Someone disgraces South Dakota State University and good outdoorspeople of all school colors by hanging a dead coyote on USD's amusingly snarky billboard in Brookings Tuesday. We hunt for food and fur. We hunt to sharpen our senses, to enjoy the chase, and to more deeply know and appreciate the land we live on. We do not hunt to turn living creatures into gruesome toys of public mockery. Even when we hunt to control predators and protect resources (or even to help Troy Hadrick get some sleep), we do not make tacky displays of blood and carcass, especially not for something as ultimately meaningless as the possible outcome of a football game. Sportsmen have an obligation to the things they kill, even the varmints.
Noem communications director Joshua Shields tweets that the coyote-hangers are "Crazy college kids." Whoever perpetrated the disrespectful display certainly suffers from some mental malfunction. However, I would suggest that "crazy college kids" better expresses the mild amusement we express toward the hardy boys who paint their chest blue and gold and shout shirtless at Coughlin Stadium in November. Let's spare the unfortunate animal namesakes of our college teams the brutish butchery of ill-directed school spirit.