A coyote killing contest in New Mexico is starting to get some bad attention.
Aubrey Dunn, the New Mexico Land Commissioner who has only been in office since January 1st, is offering $1,000 as a reward for any information about 39 coyote carcasses that were dumped on state land.
Back in December, the New Mexico Desert Dogs, a coyote-centric hunting group, held a coyote killing contest, and according to the co-founder Ruben Olivas, all the coyotes were given to a “private party” for their disposal.
The group will not name the private party.
The Land Office claims that the guilty party trespassed on state land and dumped the coyotes in the desert west of Las Cruces. Dunn is offering this reward out of his own pocket and hopes to “resolve this issue in a timely manner.”
Coyote killing contents are legal in New Mexico, and there is no license required, nor is there any limit to the number of coyotes you can shoot. Dumping them on state land… not so legal.
If you have any information regarding the coyote dumping, the land office has asked that you contact Ronny Rardin at 505-827-5760.