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Are coyote killing contests held in Nevada?

By Austin Tannenbaum on 05/02/2023


“At least 15 annual competitions targeting coyotes, foxes, bobcats, badgers, raccoons, beavers and ringtails take place in Nevada,” according to Rebecca Goff, Nevada state director for the Humane Society.

Contestants are awarded prizes and money for killing the most animals, the largest, the smallest, the greatest number of females, and other categories.

A February poll found that 66% of Nevadans oppose wildlife killing contests while 19% support them, with the rest unsure.

Back in 2021, the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commission voted 5-4 to reject a regulation that would have banned wildlife killing contests. The commissioner stated, “What are we regulating? They’re really not doing anything illegal.”

Earlier this year, the Nevada Legislature considered a bill to ban the contests, but it failed to advance.

Eight states — Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Washington, Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont — currently ban wildlife killing contests.

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