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Washington State Officials Consider Killing Contest Ban

Washington state wildlife managers are considering eliminating hunting competitions, particularly of coyotes, citing ethical and social concerns.

The Washington Fish and Wildlife commission, a citizen group appointed by the governor, took the first steps necessary to change the relevant laws at their February meeting.

The best available science shows coexisting with predator animals – rather than killing them – is the most effective management strategy. Coyote killing contests have no place in the 21st century, nor do they have a place in Washington.