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Yahoo News: Coyote Killing Contest Sparks Outrage
A Gun Store-sponsored competition in which hunters shoot and kill as many coyotes as they can sparked outrage among activists in New Mexico who have called it a "heinous killing contest."
Animal Protection of New Mexico posted a petition on it's website, rallying against the contest, which is sponsored by Gunhawk Firearms of Los Lunas.
"The organizers of the contest have consistently claimed that any criticism of this event it's an infringement upon gun-ownership rights and hunting privileges," Animal Protection of New Mexico wrote on it's website.
"However, on our petition against the contest, over a third of signees have self-identified as gun owners, and a tenth are hunters and anglers."
Mark Chavez of Gunhawk Firearms, told ABC affiliate KOAT - TV in Albuquerque, N.M., he planned to collect the coyote pelts, send them to a taxidermist and then sell them for $50 each, with the money going to a scholarship fund for an agricultural student.
"[I'm] going to show the public this is not a waste," Chavez said. "I would like to raise about $2500. I think that would be a nice scholarship for someone."
The team that shoots the most coyotes over the weekend will have their choice of two grand prizes from Gunhawk Firearms: a Browning Maxus 12-gauge shotgun or two AR-15 semi-automatic rifles.
While some believe the animals can co-exist peacefully with humans, others say they are "predators."
"They survive in the wild by killing what they can, including livestock and pets," Rex Wilson, president of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, told The Associated Press. "The people protesting this contest have obviously never seen a calf chewed up by a coyote, or watched a mama sheep try to revive a dead lamb."
And despite the protests, Chavez isn't backing down.
On Gunhawk Facebook page today, there was a telling message:
"WE WILL STAND TALL."
The real problem in this day and age and from what I'm seeing here is not the hunting or fishing (which actually I have no problem with) but the love of killing something for sport. Personally, it would not bother my conscience to go out hunt something to support my family. Same would be true if it were a necessary program which would benefit an ecosystems natural health. But the thrill and sport of it people need to re-evaluate their heart motivations. My son loved to fish and so I would take him fishing. He didn't like to eat fish, so we practiced catch and release. However, I informed him and made it clear that if the fish died, then we would take it home and eat it. Killing something just for the thrill of the kill was never an option. Hunting for food or for a conservation effort is one thing, but we live in a world where killing is a thrill seeker sport whether for real, Hollywood films or video games. One has to wonder how much of this degenerative love of killing being cultivated by various means is what truly has been defining the lack of peace and security which characterizes our world today.
Over here in Sweden every year they have a wolf kill program and countless hunters line up for the thrill of being selected in their lottery to kill a wolf. There are not a lot of wolves if you consider the size of this country, but if interested in a collection of articles both pro and con on the wolves and hunting in Sweden in general, please follow this link below which covers a vast series of article from the Swedish News in English online News Journal:
The Local Swedish News - English - Search Results: Wolf, Hunting
Since the 1850s, many a livestock grower has complained about "competing" with native carnivores such as coyotes, wolves and Cougars. Their complaints are often based on mythology, according to the USDA's data.