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Some want to block Wisconsin coyote hunting contest

A coyote hunting contest in northern Wisconsin is drawing criticism from some conservationists who call the contests "blood sport."

An online petition is circulating to halt Saturday's event in Argonne, where hunters will take home prizes for the largest coyote shot that day, the smallest and the most killed.

Such contests are common across the country and supporters say they help control the coyote population. But they are facing growing opposition from activists who liken them to cockfighting or dogfighting and worry they can lead to accidental killings of protected wolves.

In 2014, California officials banned coyote hunting contests that offer prizes after a push from conservation groups. In other states, like Idaho and Oregon, lawsuits from conservation groups have stopped or downsized popular hunts.