NM Coyote Hunting Contest Stirs Criticism

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A hunting contest that involved killing more than a dozen coyotes in Farmington is drawing ire from a state wildlife protection group for its “bloodthirstiness.”

The Farmington chapter of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife held a so-called coyote-calling contest last weekend, attracting 22 hunters who killed 16 coyotes in two days.

It was the seventh year for the event.

Such events aren’t too common in New Mexico, but Sportsmen member Frances Espinoza said hunting predators is a fast-growing hobby across the country.

Proponents of the practice say that coyotes damage deer herds and killing livestock and sometimes people’s pets. Critics say it amounts to animal cruelty.

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