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Banning Coyote Killing Contests (Oregon)

Prohibits persons from conducting or participating in events that have the goal of taking coyotes for cash or prizes (HB 2728)

Killing contests refer to events or tournaments where participants compete to kill as many animals as possible during a specified time period. Cash and prizes are awarded to those who kill the most animals or the largest or smallest animal. HB 2728 would prohibit coyote killing contests in Oregon.

Updated

July 8, 2021

Work Type

Legislation

Status

Inactive

Killing contests refer to events or tournaments where participants compete to kill as many animals as possible during a specified time period. Cash and prizes are awarded to those who kill the most animals or the largest or smallest animal. HB 2728 would have prohibited coyote killing contests in Oregon. Both in Oregon and across the country, coyotes are frequently targeted by these cruel contests. Participants often use electronic calling devices that mimic the sounds of coyote pups in distress to lure coyotes and kill them more easily.

The purported goal of these events is often to reduce the population of a native wildlife species in order to protect ranching interests. But killing contests are not supported by science-based wildlife management principles. The indiscriminate killing of a species does not reduce the overall population. Sometimes killing contests actually increase the population by disturbing family units and increasing reproduction rates.

Washington, Colorado, Arizona, California, Vermont, New Mexico, and Massachusetts have banned killing contests entirely or for certain mammal species. HB 2728 was supported by a broad coalition of animal and environmental protection groups including the Animal Legal Defense Fund. While it didn’t advance in the 2021 legislative session, we remain supportive of the legislation’s intent and will continue to work within the coalition to achieve its objective.

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