No longer can coyote carcasses, including pups, be stacked up for prizes and then dumped like so much trash. No longer will this particular human appetite for group violence be legally tolerated. Decency wins; wildlife wins; New Mexico wins!
The governor was under immense pressure from the same forces who have killed this legislation for years. When we asked you to urge the governor to do the right thing, you responded in the greatest numbers of any alert we’ve sent in the past year. Thank you for never giving up!
Coyotes are important native carnivores that do not deserve to be vilified. Yet this will be the only state measure that will offer them any protection. They can still be shot and trapped in unlimited numbers — just not as part of contests. So we still must work to bring the treatment of this species and others into the 21st century and make sure it comports with current scientific findings.
Heartfelt thanks and an enthusiastic yip, yip, hurray!
Mary Katherine Ray
Volunteer chair, Wildlife Team | Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter