Powell bans commercial coyote killing contest participants from State Trust Lands in N.M.
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, Nov. 17 and 18.
“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.”
He said such contests are not about hunting or good land management practices. “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.