CHARLOTTE -- In the past week, reports of coyote sightings are creeping closer and closer to Charlotte.

Hunting experts say the population is on the rise, but those taking part in the fifth annual Carolina Coyote Classic aim to make a change.

During the tournament, hunters from all over North and South Carolina compete to hunt the biggest and best coyotes they can find.

And helps facilitate the circle of life in the process.

“Coyote tournaments and coyote contests take a long amount of coyotes in a short amount of time,” says organizer John MacPherson.  “And that’s just the best way to give land the relief it needs because the population is getting out of control.”

Tournament winners receive cash prizes, as well as bragging rights for taking down both the largest coyotes and the most coyotes.