NM Coyote Contest Winds Down With No Problems

Nov 19, 2012

Credit marya

A coyote hunting contest organized by a New Mexico gun shop that set off protests from animal rights activists has ended without problems.

Gunhawk Firearms business manager Rick Gross says the hunt ended at noon Sunday and all hunters had checked in with the shop's owner by 2 p.m. Gross didn't have a count for the number of coyotes taken. But he says the last count he had from Saturday was 23 and he expected no more than 60 would be shot in all.

Animal activists and the state's trust land commissioner were incensed when Gunhawk owner Mark Chavez said he'd go ahead with the hunt despite the protests. The store is about 20 miles south of Albuquerque in Los Lunas.