URGENT: Take action help ban coyote killing contests in New Mexico!

UPDATE: Senate Bill 268 ("Prohibit Coyote Killing Contests") passed the Senate Conservation Commitee by a 6-3 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 7-2 vote, the Senate floor by a 26-15 vote and the House Judiciary Committee by a 7-4 vote.

WHAT'S NEXT: The bill will need to be scheduled for a vote and heard on the House floor before the end of the session on Saturday, March 18th. Contact your State Representative right away and ask them to vote 'YES' on SB268!

Stop Coyote Killing Contests

Senate Bill 268, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces) and Sen. Mark Moores (R-Albuquerque), will ban coyote killing competitions in which participants compete for prizes or entertainment by attempting to kill the most, largest, and smallest coyotes over a short period of time. At least 20-30 contests are held every year in all corners of the state.

Coyote killing contests have resulted in outrage—not only here in New Mexico, but also nationally and internationally—for promoting wanton killing that a significant majority of New Mexico voters (more than a two-to-one margin) find abhorrent. These contests do nothing to help attract business, drive tourism, or address livestock depredation. In fact, science shows that killing contests can often cause coyote populations to boom over the long term.

Ethical sportsmen oppose killing contests as a violation of fair-chase hunting values and the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. It's time to end these horrific events.

Take action below to urge your legislator to VOTE YES on Senate Bill 268!

*This form will work for all NM State Representatives. Please email and then call your Representative immediately. Find their phone number here. Thank you for speaking out!

IMPORTANT: The more you personalize your letter, the more effective it will be in reaching and persuading your legislator. We’ve provided a draft letter for you, but we STRONGLY encourage you to edit the content of the form letter to put it in your own words. Tell a brief story about why this issue is personally important to you, and emphasize the facts that you think will resonate most with your legislator.

  • Include a personal story about interactions you or your family have had with killing contests

  • Share your reactions to seeing pictures and stories about these events taking place in New Mexico

And use the arguments that you believe will resonate best with your particular Senator:

  • New Mexico killing contests have attracted national and international outrage, detracting from local businesses and tourism in New Mexico.

  • Killing as many animals as possible conflicts with ethical fair-chase hunting values and the science-based North American Model of Wildlife Conservation that guides most hunters.

  • Killing contests can damage New Mexico's rural economy. Scientific studies show coyotes whose pack structures are disrupted by random mass killing will breed more and produce larger litters, making them more likely to attack livestock to feed their young. 

  • A three-year N.M. Department of Game & Fish program (2000-2003) that killed over 1,200 coyotes, aiming to enhance deer herds, was scrapped after there was no evidence the killing increased fawn survival (Albuquerque Journal, 7/16/2003, “State Halts War on Coyotes”). 

  • Mass indiscriminate killing, in violation of fair chase ethics, sends a dangerous message to our children that life is cheap in New Mexico and that senseless, indiscriminate killing is a cause for celebration.

  • Killing contests occur frequently (an estimated 30 per year), all year round, across New Mexico on both private and public lands—and contest promoters rarely share with the public the locations, increasing the danger to our families who use public lands for other types of recreation.