Controversy growing over New Mexico prairie dog hunting contest

Controversy growing over New Mexico prairie dog hunting contest
MGN-Online
News

POSTED: Friday, August 2, 2013 - 10:45pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:48am

A New Mexico gun shop made national headlines last year when it sponsored a controversial coyote hunting contest, and the shop has even bigger plans this year.

Gunhawk Firearms in Los Lunas is now hosting a prairie dog hunting contest. The hunter who shoots the most prairie dogs will win a new rifle. Various animal rights groups are already expressing outrage, saying the state is earning a bad reputation for bizarre hunting events. The gun shop argues prairie dogs are a big problem for farmers and ranchers.

The contest runs August 10th through the 17th.

Comments News Comments

The ranchers of New Mexico, are a viable, and economic necessity to the State of New Mexico. Prairie Dogs, no matter how cute and cuddly they may seem, cause millions of dollars a year in livestock and crop damage. No amount of hunting, certainly not this gun shop stunt, will ever deplete the population. When the animal rights groups also become a sustaining entity in the State, maybe they should be given a voice also. Until then, they are a nuisance like the animals they are trying to protect

The ranchers are the problem, not the animals, they are in their natural habitat. Stop the killing.

I support PETA, People eating tasty Animals

If we agree to eat them, is that okay? Nothing better than prairie dog on the barbie...LOL Where do you sign up? That would be FUN!!!

If we agree to eat them, is that okay? Nothing better than prairie dog on the barbie...LOL Where do you sign up? That would be FUN!!!

Post new Comment