Coyote Hunting Contests In Massachusetts Prompt Concern, Conversation
Some animal rights activists are calling on Massachusetts wildlife officials to ban coyote hunting contests in the state.
State officials say they are only aware of three hunting contests for coyotes across the state. And there are no specific regulations governing them besides the normal hunting laws.
Elizabeth Magner is with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which is one group pushing for these events to be outlawed.
"They're essentially blood sport events that serve no wildlife management purpose at all," Magner said.
State regulators say that it's complaints over these contests that have helped to spark a larger conversation about coyotes in Massachusetts.