2017 New Mexico Legislative Campaign

SB 268 - Ban Coyote Killing Contests

Coyote killing contests are popular in New Mexico, with about 30 held each year. These contests, in which participants compete for cash and other prizes, are not legitimate hunting and serve no management function. Killing contests disrupt ecosystems and give New Mexico's tourism industry a black eye. New Mexico stands to make history as the first state in the country to ban coyote killing contests.

Sponsor: Jeff Steinborn (D), Mark Moores (R)
Click here to read SB 268.

Use the talking points below to make phone calls, write letters, and send emails to your elected officials and write letters to the editor of your local paper.

Click here to learn more about coyote killing contests.

Talking points:

  • SB 268 would ban coyote killing contests.
  • Coyote killing contests are not legitimate hunting.
  • Participants use electronic calls and high-powered weapons. There is no fair chase.
  • Coyotes are killed in excess and wastefully discarded.
  • Coyote killing contests violate the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, which says that animals should be killed only for a legitimate purpose, not frivolously. Many hunters and sportsmen's groups subscribe to the North American Model.
  • Science indicates that coyote killing contests serve no legitimate predator management function.
  • Coyote-livestock conflicts are rare. When they do occur, effective predatory management must target specific problem predators in the location where conflicts arise. Contests, on the other hand, are indiscriminate and random.
  • Coyote populations are self-regulating. Alpha males defend territories and prevent others from breeding. Killing contests disrupt this social structure and can lead to more breeding, territory expansion, and aggression, causing more livestock conflicts.
  • Coyotes play an essential role in the ecosystem, keeping rodent populations in check. Killing coyotes increases rodent populations, which compete with grazing livestock for food.
  • Wildlife watching generates over $320 Million annually in New Mexico.
  • Coyote killing contests are morally wrong and give the Land of Enchantment a bad name. They should be stopped. 

1. Contact your State Representative and Senator.

Use the talking points above to email, write a letter, AND make a phone call to all your elected officials. Make sure you tell them you are a constituent of theirs. For phone calls, use their capitol number, (505) area code.

Click here to find contact information for your Representative and Senator,

2. Contact Governor Martinez.

It's not enough to pass a bill. The Governor needs to sign it. Please email, call, AND send a letter to Governor Martinez.

Phone: (505) 476-2200
Email: http://www.governor.state.nm.us/Contact_the_Governor.aspx
Mail: Office of the Governor
490 Old Santa Fe Trail
Room 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501

3. Write a letter to the editor of your paper.

Letters to the editor are a powerful tool to raise public awareness. Use the talking points above to write to your local paper.

Click here for New Mexico newspaper contact information.

4. Ask a friend, family member, or coworker to get involved.

Now that you have taken action, will you forward this web page to someone you know who might want to get involved?

Thanks for joining the historic effort to make New Mexico the first state to ban coyote killing contests! Help us keep track of the campaign by filling out the poll below. And click here to make a donation that will go towards ending killing contests in New Mexico.

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