Albuquerque gun business holding coyote contest
Posted at: 10/17/2012 8:33 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4
An Albuquerque gun business is having a contest to see which two men can kill the most coyotes. The grand prize for winning the contest is a pair of AR-15 rifles. The contest has people sounding off about the upcoming contest.
The people who live around the Village of Corrales may have never met Susan Weiss, but they've seen her.
"The coyote lady. That's what i'm referred to as, the coyote lady," Weiss said. She likes the title. She has been an advocate for the "Coexist with Coyotes" group for more than a decade and thinks the coyotes get a bad rap. When she heard about the "Coyote Calling" contest by Caliber's to see who could kill the most coyotes, she was disgusted.
"Hunting to eat is one matter. But just hunting for a contest I think is really immoral and disgusting," Weiss said. "Most of the people that I talk to really enjoy seeing them and don't want to bother them and do understand that they have to keep their animal- their own animals safe."
Caliber's owner, Ryan Burt, said he was approached by several ranchers from around the state who have been dealing with the coyote problems. He thinks it's a win-win situation for Caliber's sportsmen who get to hunt, and for ranchers who have coyote issues.
"There's a balance. right now the balance according to our ranching and farming community is that it's kind of shifted to the coyotes favor," Burt said.
Burt and Weiss are both in agreement that whether you like it or not, no one is breaking any laws. Coyotes have absolutely no protection by any law in New Mexico.