Powell Bans Commercial Coyote Killing Contest Participants from State Trust Lands
in New Mexico
|A wild eastern coyote I photographed this summer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan|
photo by Jonathan Schechter
Kudos to New Mexico State Land Commissioner Ray Powell for having the courage to stand up,
take action and stopping a barbaric COYOTE KILLING CONTEST.
He took legal action that in brief means anyone on State Trust Lands taking part in the killing contest
will be prosecuted. And as the press release below from the Mountain Mail newspaper in New Mexico
shows he explained compassionately and in scientific terms why such indiscriminate killing en mass for
sport and prizes will not be allowed on 13 million acres of New Mexico Lands.
New Mexico State Land Commissioner Ray Powell announced today that the participants
in the commercial Coyote Killing Contest, being run by the Gunhawk Firearms store in
Los Lunas, are not authorized to access New Mexico State Trust Land. In a letter sent today
to the owner of Gunhawk Firearms, the Commissioner informed the sponsor of the event
that State Trust Lands may not be used for this purpose. The contest is scheduled for this weekend, November 17th and 18th.
“The participants in this commercial and unregulated exploitation of wildlife do not have a
permit or lease to be on State Trust Lands,” said State Land Commissioner Ray Powell.
“Individuals killing coyotes on State Trust Land will be considered in trespass.”
“When our native predators or wild domestic dogs kill our agricultural and companion
animals, the specific offending animal needs to be removed in a prompt and humane way.
The non-specific, indiscriminant killing methods, used in this commercial and unrestricted
coyote killing contest are not about hunting or sound land management. These contests
are about personal profit, animal cruelty, and the severe disruption of the delicate balance
of this desert ecosystem,” said Powell. “These lands support our public schools,
universities, and hospitals, New Mexico’s important agricultural industry, our
unique wildlife populations, and the cherished natural world we call home – New Mexico.
It is time to outlaw this highly destructive activity.”
The State Land Office administers 13 million acres of trust land in New Mexico.