For those who participate, the so-called contests are known as predator hunts. It involves killing some animals.
Now there is a push to ban the practice.
Right now, there is a bill on the house plan to ban wildlife killing contests, which opponents have declared cruel. It comes after the United States Humane Society conducted an undercover investigation into contests in Maryland.
Jill Fritz is the director of wildlife protection at the Humane Society. He said the results of the recent undercover investigation in two Maryland wildlife killing contests in Frederick and Waldorf show that the practice is inhumane.
“This isn’t sportiness, it’s certainly not conservation and it’s not management for our wildlife,” said Fritz.
Fritz said that competition organizers typically award cash prizes, not only for most killed animals, but also for the heaviest ones.
He said in Maryland that coyotes, foxes and raccoons are often targeted; and many times, the animal is immediately eliminated after the contest.
The photos obtained by WJZ show carcasses stacked on each other.
Five other states have banned wildlife contests. Now, a Maryland lawmaker has drawn up a bill that would ban them here.
“They are brutal, they lead to indiscriminate massacres, they can use practices that are not allowed in traditional hunting, for all these reasons they should be outlawed,” said delegate Dana Stein (D).
Stein is the sponsor of the account. He said his legislation will not affect traditional hunting, only events that kill animals for the sole purpose of winning money or prizes.
WJZ has contacted a hunting group of predators in Maryland and is still waiting to respond.
The bill has already been presented, but will be presented at the House Environment and Transportation hearing next Wednesday. It will be an opportunity for both supporters and opponents to speak and express their concerns.