Coyote killing contest protestors take to the streets

Posted at: 11/10/2012 6:05 PM
Updated at: 11/10/2012 6:22 PM
By: Staff

Despite criticism, a controversial coyote kill is still on in Los Lunas, but not without a fight.

About 20 people gathered outside of Gunhawk Firearms Saturday to protest the coyote kill contest.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 told you about Caliber's Gun Shop backing out of its coyote-killing contest in October. But now, Gunhawk owners say they plan on to hold their own despite public outcry.

Those opposed and for the contest voiced their opinions.

"Coyotes are vermin, and so they're not of any use," Jeremy Boch, who is in favor of the contest, said. "They kill cattle and that costs rancher's money."

"It is wrong because this is one of the most violent counties in the state," protestor Elizabeth Dicharry said. "We have one of the highest rates of animal abuse in the state. We have one of the highest rates of child abuse in the state."

Police were called out to the event after the things got heated between the two groups, but we're told everything calmed down after they were separated.

The contest is set for Nov. 17 and 18.