January 5, 2022
Sadly, in the fall of 2021, the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commission voted to continue allowing killing contests of predators in their state.
Many have found solace and rejuvenation in the midst of the great outdoors. The natural wonders encountered in its landscapes and the animals living there have caused many individuals to help raise awareness on ways to conserve its beauty. Wild animals face many dangers as they navigate to find food, water, shelter, and provide for their young. Sadly, their lives are cut short when they encounter predators, habitat loss, food scarcity, and disease. Hunting season greatly decreases their chance of survival. When killing contests are implemented as a means of population control, the results are devastating to the targeted species.
These egregious mass killings desire to remove as many animals as possible with the lure of prizes and prestige. Coyotes are often a focal point for these contests because of their vast numbers due to their adaptability. Coyotes can live in diverse environments and can adapt their diet to survive. That is why the odd sighting of one can occur in urban settings. According to conservationists, coyotes try to avoid humans. When conflicts arise, making loud noises and slowly retreating is the best way to deter them. If you have a small companion animal, always supervise them while they are outside, especially during the early morning and evening. Leaving food outdoors is a common attractant and should be avoided. Education is the key to living together and limiting conflicts with wildlife.
Thankfully, some state lawmakers realize the inhumanness surrounding killing contests and have passed laws prohibiting them. In 2021, Maryland banned the cruel practice and joined these states that have also passed restrictions or bans: Vermont, California, New Mexico, Colorado, and Massachusetts. According to a news article, Nevada could have joined that list were it not for one vote in favor to keep the contests alive. There is still hope in the future that this form of killing wild animals for sport or monetary gain will cease to be the norm.
Take Action: Nevada residents, you can help be the voice for the many wild animals targeted during these contests by contacting your county commissioner to show your support to end these mass killings. If you live in another state that approves this form of wildlife killing, please contact your state wildlife management agency to petition for a ban.