State Sen. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) said the bill doesn’t ban killing of coyotes, but it bans competitions to kill coyotes.
“In which prizes are given to those that can produce the greatest number of dead animals,” Dembrow said.
State Sen. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) said the bill is supported by urbanites who don’t understand how difficult it can be for farmers and ranchers to keep coyotes from killing their animals.
“I can assure you, it’s very difficult,” Bentz said.
Bentz said the competitions are a more inexpensive way to keep coyote populations down.
The bill now moves to the state House of Representatives.