SANTA FE – A renewed attempt to ban coyote-killing contests in New Mexico cleared its first Senate committee Tuesday but still faces a long road to final approval.
Members of the Senate Conservation Committee voted 6-3 to approve the bipartisan legislation, which has in past years exposed a divide between ranchers and many city dwellers.
During Tuesday’s debate, some backers of the measure described the contests – also called coyote-calling contests – as cruel and immoral and said they promote a “culture of violence.”
“Anybody can kill a coyote at any time for any reason – that’s the reality,” said Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, one of the bill’s sponsors. “This bill would make it illegal to kill coyotes for a prize.”