SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hunters are spending a portion of the weekend fanning out across a remote county in far Northern California as they compete in a controversial contest to see who can kill the most coyotes.
The annual coyote hunting contest near the tiny Modoc County community of Adin comes after opponents of the event this week failed to get the state Fish and Game Commission to stop the event.
The commission, a separate entity from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, according to its website, was set up to manage California's fish and wildlife resources.
Animal advocates and others say the hunt is inhumane, and argue that the killing of what's expected to be dozens of coyotes during the weekend contradicts wildlife management practices.
But backers of the event say it's important to ranchers, because coyotes are responsible for about $4 million worth of livestock deaths every year.