Valencia County NM weighs animal hunting contest resolution

Exposing the Big Game

Resolution would officially “oppose” contests

By Chris McKee Sunday, December 1, 2013

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – Following protests and attempted legislation, a New Mexico county is now trying to tackle the issue of animal hunting contests that could inspire some change.

Valencia County commissioners will soon review and vote on a resolution to oppose the contests. Over the last year, the state has seen several contests targeting coyotes and prairie dogs. At least four of those contests have been held in Valencia County.

Commissioner Alicia Aguilar is behind the resolution’s proposal. In a phone interview with News 13 on Saturday, Aguilar said she’s heard from several people, including a wildlife biologist, who are concerned about the contests impact on wildlife populations.

Other commissioners say residents have raised even more issues with the contests.

“They think it’s a negative look on the county promoting this contests,” said Aragon.

Commissioner Jhonathan…

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