Bill seeks to outlaw coyote-hunting contests in New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M. — A previously introduced proposal seeks to ban coyote-hunting competitions in New Mexico.
The bill sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn would outlaw coyote-killing contests after a number of recent competitions drew anger from animal rights advocates.
The measure would make the contests illegal in the state but not prevent landowners from hunting the predators on their property.
In recent years, a southeastern New Mexico gun shop drew criticism for hosting a coyote hunting competition. It was one of many gun shops that have hosted similar events in which winners receive prizes like firearms.
The bill would not outlaw hunting contest of other unprotected species.