LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) - The controversial prairie dog hunt sponsored by a Los Lunas gun store is over with hundreds of the animals dead.
The week-long hunt ended Saturday with 500 tails brought in to Gunhawk Firearms although owner Mark Chavez says many more prairie dogs were shot and the tails never brought in.
The winner brought in around 230 tails.
Chavez says the prairie dogs are a nuisance to farmers and ranchers, and he says the hunts will continue.
"Gunhawk Firearms is going to be here for a long, long time, and we're going to support the cattle industry, the hunters, the farmers," he said.
Animal-rights groups say the prairie dog hunts are not only cruel but give New Mexico a bad reputation.
Chavez says Gunhawk is planning another coyote-killing contest in December.
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