Coyote hunt participants banned from State Trust Land

Posted at: 11/15/2012 8:14 PM
Updated at: 11/15/2012 8:46 PM
By: staff

State trust lands have been declared off limits in a controversial coyote killing contest.

Gunhawk firearm store in Los Lunas is holding the contest this weekend.

Land Commissioner Ray Powell Jr. announced Thursday that participants in the contest are banned from Trust lands and that anyone caught killing coyotes on there will be charged with trespassing.

Powell calls the contest an exploitation of wildlife. The State Land Office administers 13 million acres of trust land throughout the state.