2nd gun store hosts coyote killing contest

Posted at: 10/26/2012 4:47 PM
Updated at: 10/26/2012 6:49 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It was only a week ago that KOB Eyewitness News 4 told you about an Albuquerque gun store planning to host a coyote hunt, but after a huge public outcry they canceled it and it looked as if those wiley New Mexico coyotes caught a break.

Well now we're learing about another gun store planning to host a hunt of their own.

People from all over the country bombarded the owners of Caliber's Gun Store with protests of killing the coyotes. But Gunhawk Firearms of Los Lunas owner Mark Chavez says canceling the coyote kill didn't help anyone.

"They don't pay my bills. they don't pay the ranchers bills or the farmers bills," Chavez said,. "If a rancher loses a calf- then thats a lot of money out of his pocket."

So for now, consider it on again.

Gunhawk will have all the rules and prize information for hunters woh must register in person.

Salesman Josh Waters doesn't think hunters are going to find it to be as easy as they think.

"If you go out there and hunt coyotes for a little while in the freezing cold and you call them and you watch them come in," Waters said. "Realize you're a human and run away. they're a lot smarter than you think they are."

Susan Weiss of the Coexist with Coyotes in Corrales, New Mexico doesn't understand why they want to kill the coyotes.

"Hunting to eat is one matter, but just hunting for a contest - I think is really immoral and disgusting," she said.

Sure they're expecting to hear the same people who were howling against it last time around.

Whichever side of the controversy you are on, supporters remind you - coyote killing is not against New Mexico law. They're not protected or endangered according to Chavez.

"I think that there's going to be three things left on this planet when it ends," he said. "It will be cockroaches, coyotes and Coors cans. "