The Latest: Panel OKs Measure to Ban Coyote-killing Contests

http://www.usnews.com/news/new-mexico/articles/2017-02-16/the-latest-panel-oks-measure-to-ban-coyote-killing-contests

Legislation aimed at banning coyote-hunting competitions in New Mexico has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

Feb. 16, 2017, at 1:04 p.m.

The Latest: Panel OKs Measure to Ban Coyote-killing Contests

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on wildlife bills pending in the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):

11 a.m.

Legislation aimed at banning coyote-hunting competitions in New Mexico has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The majority of the Senate Conservation Committee gave the bill a do-pass recommendation during a packed hearing Thursday. The measure must win approval from two more committees before reaching the Senate floor for a vote.

The bill sponsored by Democrat Sen. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces would outlaw coyote-killing contests after a number of recent competitions drew anger from animal rights advocates. The bill would not prevent landowners from hunting the predators on their property.

Ranchers and outfitters from around the state argued that the contests can be a tool for managing packs of coyotes that threaten cattle and sheep.

Supporters of the legislation called the practice barbaric and questioned whether there were any scientific benefits.

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10:31 a.m.

A Senate committee has tabled a proposal to significantly shift the mission of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

The legislation sponsored by Democrat Sen. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces would give the department the authority to manage all wildlife as a public resource rather than managing game animals and fish for recreation and food as currently provided under law.

The measure also would give the gubernatorial appointees of the Game Commission authority over all wildlife rather than just game species.

The department argues that the legislation would effectively add another 6,000 species to the list of animals it’s responsible for managing, costing millions of dollars more each year.

Game and Fish Director Alexa Sandoval called the measure an unfunded mandate, noting that the department’s work is funded by sportsmen through licenses and other fees.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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3 thoughts on “The Latest: Panel OKs Measure to Ban Coyote-killing Contests

  1. “Ranchers and outfitters from around the state argued that the contests can be a tool for managing packs of coyotes that threaten cattle and sheep.” This is an example of an “Alternative Fact” (a lie).

    Here’s the Truth: 1. Coyotes do not travel in “packs,” despite illiterate ranchers’ and hunters’ claims. Coyotes travel in small family groups, usually made up of parents, perhaps a yearling sibling, and some pups (if lucky). 2. Coyotes do not threaten cattle and sheep, as the evidence from opening dead coyotes’ stomachs proves: rodents, perhaps a rabbit, seeds, have mostly been found.
    3. Years ago, I interviewed an old lady rancher down in southern NM, who ran about 50 head of cattle. She was at odds with the local Cattleman’s Assoc., over the killing of coyotes, so she offered a $500 reward for any rancher who could prove a coyote killed a cow. No reward was ever given out, as no claim was ever made by a rancher. I sat with her on her porch in moonlight that night, listening to the coyotes singing–this rancher was not a public lands rancher, and she said “those damn government trappers are always coming around wanting to kill “my coyotes.” I’d have my shotgun aimed at them, and gave them 3 minutes to get off my land–or I’d bury them on it.”

    Unfortunately, NM does not have a Referendum or Initiative process, which could go to a popular vote. If this were the case, a Coyote Killing ban would be approved.

    As for the Game Commission: The NM Game Commission is Crooked, loaded with ranchers and hunters. In their present form, no meaningful change for wildlife protection will be done.

    Sen. Jeff Steinborn, of Las Cruces, is a real asset to any animal cause. The fact that he is down in Rabid Rancher country, is marvelous, and he needs our support!

    http://www.foranimals.org

    • Also, you have to wonder how many ‘methods’ do these ranchers need? They’ve already able to kill them themselves, a 365/24/7 hunting and trapping season, and the government clandestine hit squad, USDA Wildlife Services. Enough is enough! Besides being abhorrent, killing contests are not necessary.

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