MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A ban on holding coyote killing tournaments that was included in a major fish and wildlife bill has passed the Vermont House.

Vermont Public Radio reports there are an estimated 6,000 and 9,000 coyotes in the state, and people can hunt them at any time of the year. Rep. Trevor Squirrell, a Democrat from Underill, says the ban will address "unacceptable and unethical activity" by banning incentivized killing of an animal.

Rep. Brian Smith, a Republican from Derby, says he tried to have the ban removed from the bill because he says he feels the supporters of the ban are not hunters, and he says he feels coyotes are dangerous predators.

The House voted Wednesday to keep the ban with a vote of 79-45.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net