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Put an end to coyote-killing contests

Thank you for adding your name and comments to the New Mexicans Against Killing Contests petition. Certain information (your name, location, whether you are a gun owner/hunter/angler, and specific comments) may be shared with policymakers as part of Animal Protection of New Mexico’s efforts for wildlife. Otherwise, no personal information will be shared without your expressed permission.

If you have any questions or comments on this petition, or on killing contests, please contact APNM's Wildlife Campaign Manager or 505-265-2322.

Look below for other ways you can continue to make your voice heard! Share the petition on Facebook so that friends and family can join the fight.

CONTACT: The Albuquerque Journal 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.

  • Many hunters oppose killing contests, in the interest of both public safety and wildlife management.

  • Many people who purchase and keep firearms do not support wildlife killing contests.

  • US Department of Agriculture’s own data reports that coyotes and other native carnivores are responsible for a tiny percentage of all livestock losses.

  • 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.

  • For more information on media response against killing contests, please see two recent editorials from the Albuquerque Journal and the Santa Fe New Mexican.

CONTACT: Governor Susana Martinez

  • In addition to the above, please 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 all killing contests.


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