The Divisional Court has dismissed an application for judicial review filed by Animal Justice, The Fur-Bearers, and Coyote Watch Canada against a coyote killing contest put on by Chesher’s Outdoor Store in Belleville, Ontario in 2021 and 2022. The judge found that the store did not have the written authorization required under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. However, it was the store rather than the respondent in the case, the Ontario Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, who was the party in potential violation of the Act. On the question at issue in the case, namely, judicial review of the Minister’s decision to not prosecute the store, the court held that it was within his discretion not to prosecute. The annual contest was held again in February 2023. Animal Justice and Coyote Watch Canada have filed an application for an investigation under Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights, hoping the province will be open to this way of holding the store accountable.