Utah Based Group Returning to Las Cruces for Annual Coyote "Hunt and Convention"

Predator Masters, a Utah-based group, will again hold their annual "hunt and convention" in Las Cruces, NM. The activity promotes seneseless killing, does not accurately reflect most hunters' attitudes towards wildlife, and definitely does not represent Las Cruces. Click here to learn more about the event.

Earlier this month the Dona Ana County Commission  passed a pro-wildlife resolution. The Las Cruces City Council also needs to take a stand against these kinds of events.

If you live in the area, please take a minute to contact your City Councilor and ask them to pass a strong wildlife resolution opposing the Predator Master event specifically and wildlife killing contests in general.

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If you are a resident of Las Cruces, NM please also contact your city council member and urge them to also pass a resolution calling for the respect of wildlife that specifically opposes these type of events.

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Miguel Silva (District 1): msilva@las-cruces.org
(575) 541-2066 (Office)

Gregory Smith (District 2): gsmith@las-cruces.org
(575) 541-2066 (Office)

Olga Pedroza (District 3): opedroza@las-cruces.org
(575) 541-2066 (Office)

Nathan Small (District 4): nsmall@las-cruces.org
(575) 541-2066 (Office)

Gill Sorg (District 5): gsorg@las-cruces.org
(575) 541-2066 (Office)

Ceil Levatino (District 6): clevatino@las-cruces.org
(575) 541-2066 (Office)

Mayor Ken Miyagishima: kmiyagishima@las-cruces.org
575-541-2067 (Office)

Not sure what to say? Use the following talking points to get you started:

  • As predators, coyotes help to keep prey populations in check, such as mice, rats and rabbits. Not only does this help keep nature in balance, but it helps control diseases such hantavirus and plague which are carried by rodents.
  • Randomly killing coyotes serves no legitimate management purpose. Proponents like to say that it helps reduce depredations on livestock and keep coyote numbers in check, but in fact, research shows that the opposite is true. Coyotes control their own numbers because they are territorial. When resident coyotes are removed, others move in to take their place. For a short time, there is more food per each coyote, resulting in greater survivorship of pups, and coyote numbers quickly rebound.
  •  If there is a problem with coyotes attacking livestock, the solution is to target the offending individual, not randomly kill coyotes in a large area. In fact, ranchers can call on a federal agency, Wildlife Services, for assistance in handling such problems.
  • This kind of activity gives responsible hunters a bad name. Using animals for live target practice violates one of the core tenets of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation: wildlife should only be killed for a legitimate purpose. Most residents of Dona Ana County would agree that killing for fun without using any part of the animal is not a legitimate purpose.  
  • Non-consumptive users of wildlife, i.e. people who enjoy watching wildlife, wildlife photography, birding, etc., are important to New Mexico’s economy. They account for $328 million in annual expenditures and comprise 31 percent of the state’s population. Hunters also make a significant contribution, accounting for $139 million in expenditures, but are greatly outnumbered by New Mexicans who do not hunt. (2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation: State Overview)
  • This event is an embarrassment to Dona Ana County. It will be controversial, there will be protests, and it will be covered in the state and national media, as similar “killing contests” held elsewhere have been covered.
  • Killing coyotes indiscriminately for pleasure may currently be legal, but many people consider the wanton taking of life to be morally reprehensible. Society’s laws are always evolving to keep pace with changing ethical views. At one time in our history, it was legal to keep slaves and women were not allowed to vote, to name just two examples.

If you'd like more pointers or for any questions contact Tricia at 575-522-5552 or tricia@wildmesquite.org.

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