California wildlife regulators are proposing a ban on contests that reward hunters who kill coyotes and other predators.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the California Fish & Game Commission this week issued a proposed rule that would make it illegal to offer a prize, inducement or reward for killing predators.
The 3-2 vote opens a public comment period that will end Aug. 6, when the commission is expected to make a final decision on the proposal.
The commission received about 13,000 letters and e-mails calling for an end to the killing of coyotes and other predators.
Wildlife advocates have been demanding action after learning about an annual coyote hunt in Modoc County in northeastern California.