SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -

California wildlife regulators are proposing a ban on contests that reward hunters who kill coyotes and other predators.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the California Fish & [Wildlife] Commission this week issued a proposed rule that would make it illegal to offer a prize, inducement or reward for killing predators.

The 3-2 vote opens a public comment period that will end Aug. 6, when the commission is expected to make a final decision on the proposal.

The commission received about 13,000 letters and emails from wildlife advocates calling for an end to the indiscriminate killing of coyotes and other predators.

(Information in this story is from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com)