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Tensions rise over coyote hunting contests in Wyoming

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Coyote hunting has been a part of society in the American West for decades, becoming a pastime in a region where the closest professional or college sports teams are a day’s journey away. Though state lawmakers protect these competitions, events are clouded in secrecy to avoid conflict with wildlife rights activists who hope to put an end to the bloodshed.