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Put an end to coyote-killing contests
Speak Out Against Mindless Slaughter
Please write or call on behalf of animals and native ecosystems

In mid-October, an Albuquerque gun store and shooting range announced that it would be sponsoring a coyote killing contest, offering a prize to whomever comes back with the most coyote kills. Within the week, the general manager of the store announced that the contest was canceled, citing outrage from people in New Mexico and across the country. In response, APNM sent a note to the store commending their sensitivity to widespread public disapproval for killing contests.


Thank you for voicing your support
for New Mexico's wildlife!

Now, just when we hoped coyotes wouldn’t be targeted, another promoter has emerged. Gunhawk Firearms of Los Lunas announced in late October that it would be sponsoring a similar contest. The rules of the Nov 17-18 contest are the same -- reportedly with a Browning shotgun and AR15s as prizes for whomever brings back the most carcasses -- but the entry fee has been cut by two-thirds to a mere $50, opening the event up to many more participants.

Make no mistake: this coyote-killing contest—called “fun” by one organizer—is large-scale slaughter that the majority of the public opposes. Proponents of the killing contest have claimed that the lack of protections for coyotes under state law is a mandate for them to do whatever they want; please help prove them wrong by signing the petition below:

Street Address
Address Line 2
State / Province / Region
Postal / Zip Code

 I am a gun owner. 
 I am a hunter/angler. 



Stop contest-killing of coyotes

NEXT, here are some other things you can do to make a difference:

CONTACT: The Albuquerque Journal, the Valencia Co News-Bulletin, and your local newspaper. Politely voice reasons to oppose this contest: 

  • It is repulsive to hold a contest in which participants are rewarded for the most animals killed. Not only does this glorify wanton killing, but it reinforces the idea that animals’ lives don’t matter. Most New Mexicans don’t agree with this distasteful attitude.

  • US Department of Agriculture’s own data reports that coyotes and other native carnivores are responsible for a tiny percentage of all livestock losses. In their endorsement of the contest, NM Cattlegrowers Association attempts to justify this carnage by wildly overstating livestock losses to carnivores, applying national totals to just New Mexico.

  • Published research shows that indiscriminate killing of coyotes throws off their natural social structure that keeps their own numbers in check. Coyotes play a vital and natural role in the ecosystem, eating mostly rodents that can carry plague and hantavirus.

CONTACT: Gunhawk Firearms (505-865-3500)
In addition to the points above, please (again, politely) voice opposition to this event:

  • Many hunters oppose killing contests, in the interest of both public safety and wildlife management. This event should be canceled immediately.
  • Many people who purchase and keep firearms do not support wildlife killing contests. Gun shops should stick with selling guns and avoid alienating those who support the right to bear arms but don’t support contest killing.

CONTACT: Governor Susana Martinez

  • Respectfully inform the Governor’s Office that this contest has drawn unwelcome attention to our state from around the country. Ask the Governor to denounce this and all killing contests.
CONTACT: Browning Firearms
  • Politely inform Browning that their products are being used as prizes for a distasteful, unethical and ecologically-damaging killing contest.

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