New Mexico Bans Destructive Coyote-killing Contests
Governor Lujan Grisham Signs Bill Abolishing Organized Killing of Coyotes for Prizes, Entertainment
A Celebration, and the Fight Ahead
In a major victory for New Mexico wildlife, SB 76 Prohibit Coyote Killing Contests passed the legislature. Once Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signs the bill into law, New Mexico will be the second state in the union to legislatively ban coyote killing contests. Now that is something to howl about!
We did it!
The Land of Enchantment is one signature away from becoming the second state in the union to legislatively ban coyote killing contests.
Election Results Mean Huge Opportunity for Wildlife Reforms in NM
SWEC is ready to take advantage of the tremendous opportunity presented by the midterm elections and push for long overdue wildlife reforms during the 2019 New Mexico Legislati
2017 Legislature Recap
Victories and Setbacks for Wildlife Bills
The New Mexico legislature adjourned Saturday, concluding our 2017 legislative campaign. SWEC backed six great wildlife bills this year, from ending coyote killing contests to reforming wildlife management and more. One bill passed both the Senate and the House and is currently awaiting the Governor's signature. The other five either made progress relative to previous years or introduced bold new ideas. Read our full report below:
Coyote Killing Contest Ban Passes Senate Conservation Committee
Wildlife Protection Act Tabled
SB 268, the bill to ban coyote killing contests in New Mexico, cleared its first hurdle Thursday, when the Senate Conservation Committee voted 6-3 to approve the legislation. The vote cut across partisan lines, with Republican William Payne joining Democrats Joseph Cervantes, Elizabeth Stefanics, Bill Soules, Cisco McSorley, and Peter Wirth in voting to pass the bill, while Democrat Richard Martinez sided with Republicans Ron Griggs and Pat Woods in opposition.