LAS CRUCES – The dumping of dozens of coyote carcasses in the desert outside Las Cruces rubbed a lot of people the wrong way – including hunters.
A Las Cruces coyote hunting group, New Mexico Desert Dogs, admitted it held the legal killing contest that netted 39 coyotes and two foxes but stopped short of revealing who dumped the animals out by the airport. The group’s co-founder defends the contests but decries the manner in which the bodies were discarded.
The way they were dumped showed little respect for an animal poetically described as a “song dog” that is often regarded as a pest by ranchers and others. Such killing contests, even of animals considered varmints, fly in the face of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation that many hunters regard as their creed.