Coyote contest ruling



Judge rejects bid to stop coyote-killing contest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge in Harney County has rejected an attempt to postpone a coyote-killing contest that’s scheduled for this weekend.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund says the annual event violates state gambling laws and asked the judge Friday to issue a temporary restraining order that would prevent the event from taking place east of Burns, Ore.

Judge William Cramer Jr. rejected the emergency request, saying the lawsuit was filed on Thursday and did not give the defendant proper time to respond. The next hearing is scheduled for March 21.

The hunting contest is in its eighth year. Event organizer Duane Freilino said it was started to boost winter tourism and to help ranchers by reducing coyote numbers right before calving season.