I am not really a predator hunters but this is just wrong…
All animals need to be managed…
For Immediate Release:
November 15, 2012
For More Information, Contact:
Susan Montoya, Executive Secretary (505) 507-0697 (cell) (505) 827-5760 (work)
Powell Bans Commercial Coyote Killing Contest Participants from State Trust Lands in New Mexico
(SANTA FE, New Mexico) – New Mexico State Land Commissioner Ray Powell announced today that the participants in the commercial Coyote Killing Contest, being run by the Gunhawk Firearms store in Los Lunas, are not authorized to access New Mexico State Trust Land. In a letter sent today to the owner of Gunhawk Firearms, the Commissioner informed the sponsor of the event that State Trust Lands may not be used for this purpose. The contest is scheduled for this weekend, November 17th and 18th.
“The participants in this commercial and unregulated exploitation of wildlife do not have a permit or lease to be on State Trust Lands,” said State Land Commissioner Ray Powell. “Individuals killing coyotes on State Trust Land will be considered in trespass.”
“When our native predators or wild domestic dogs kill our agricultural and companion animals, the specific offending animal needs to be removed in a prompt and humane way. The non-specific, indiscriminant killing methods, used in this commercial and unrestricted coyote killing contest are not about hunting or sound land management. These contests are about personal profit, animal cruelty, and the severe disruption of the delicate balance of this desert ecosystem,” said Powell. “These lands support our public schools, universities, and hospitals, New Mexico’s important agricultural industry, our unique wildlife populations, and the cherished natural world we call home – New Mexico. It is time to outlaw this highly destructive activity.”
The State Land Office administers 13 million acres of trust land throughout the state.
The New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands is an elected state official responsible for administering the state’s land grant trust. Thirteen million acres of land were granted to New Mexico in 1898 and 1910. Each tract is held in trust for the public schools, universities, as well as special schools and hospitals that serve children with physical, visual, and auditory disabilities. In fiscal year 2012, the trust lands and permanent funds produced a record amount of $650 million in income for the beneficiaries.