Take Action Today! New Mexico members should contact their State Representatives and ask them to vote NO on Senate Bill 268. Coyote tournaments are an effective means for controlling the population, which poses a serious threat to livestock, household pets and impacts other wildlife. Find contact information for your State Representative by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center.
Calls are needed today to stop a bill that would ban coyote hunting tournaments or contests. Last week, the New Mexico Senate voted 26-15 to pass the ban on coyote tournaments, making it a misdemeanor to hold, organize or participate in any such contest.
The senate’s approval of SB 268 clears the way for the bill to be considered by the New Mexico House of Representatives prior to the legislature’s March 18 adjournment date. If the bill fails to pass by then, it is dead for this session.
Contests or tournaments are an effective means of controlling the coyote population. Coyotes easily adapt to different environments and are prevalent in and around large population areas, and are also a concern for livestock ranchers.
Animal rights groups have targeted coyote contests along with predator trapping because a relatively small number of people participate in these activities.
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