This petition has been started by a long time Los Lunas, New Mexico resident. The contest is sponsored by a Los Lunas gun shop for fun, profit and publicity. It is a random body count uncontrolled coyote killing contest. It is not based on scientific evidence. It is a statewide public safety issue, and it will contribute to the reputation of Los Lunas, Valencia County, and New Mexico as a cruel and violent place to live and visit.
We will hold a protest on Nov 10, Saturday, 12-2 (or later) at the Gunhawk Firearms Shopping area, 1400 Main St., about 20 miles south of Albuquerque off I-25. Please come help us oppose the coyote killing contest. Dress warmly, bring signs, bells, cameras.
On Friday, Nov 16, this petition was delivered to NM Tourism, Valencia Co. Chamber of Commerce, Gov Susana Martinez, The Dept. Of Public Safety in Valencia Co. , and we have been in touch with the Udall Office. As a result of our efforts and the regulations we discovered that are in place to require permits for commercial/recreational contests on public lands, which also apply to bounty killing contests, Gunhawk Firearms was directed not use BLM, Forest Service, or state lands.
On Saturday and Sunday, the coyote killing contest took place. Gunhawk Firearms says they told the contestants to use private land (with landowner permission). We are still awaiting news of the body count. Gunhawk Firearms has not disclosed how many coyotes were killed or where they counted the bodies. We will continue our efforts to make sure the public land offices enforce their contest regulations and we will work to have legislation that restricts body killing contests.