LAS VEGAS (KSNV) – March 2, 2021 – Clark County commissioners have condemned predator hunting contests in Nevada and called on state officials to ban the practice. The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of a resolution that urges the Nevada Department of Wildlife to prohibit contests that offer prizes for killing animals like coyotes, bobcats and foxes. According to the resolution, which was introduced by Commissioner Justin Jones, there have been at least four such killing contests in Clark County in recent years. Commissioners agreed that predator animals like coyotes are important parts of the ecosystem, and that while hunting is a valued form of recreation and wildlife management, killing contests are not consistent with the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.
“With this resolution, we send a signal to the Nevada Department of Wildlife that Clark County, the most populous county in Nevada, stands against cruel killing contests, and uphold scientifically-based wildlife management programs,” Jones said in a press release issued by the Animal Wellness Foundation. The Nevada Department of Wildlife, or NDOW, is responsible for managing the state’s fish and wildlife resources. Its nine-member Board of Wildlife Commissioners can establish policy and set permanent regulations. [full article]