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Prizes for coyote hunting banned by state Fish and Game Commission
Prizes for coyote hunting banned by state Fish and Game Commission

The California Fish and Game Commission voted Wednesday to ban hunting contests that award prizes for nongame animals such as coyotes, beavers and bobcats. In a 4-1 vote, the commission prohibited "giving inducements of any kind" in hunting contests for "nongame species and fur-bearing animals," said Clark Blanchard, a Fish and Game spokesman. The ban will put an end to organized coyote hunts in rural parts of California that awarded up to $500 and other gifts to top hunters.  The competition was started after an increase in coyotes attacking livestock and destroying crops. The hunts were brought to the commission's attention after a gray wolf dubbed OR7...

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