Kansas Town Considers Adding Coyote Bowhunt to Deer Management Program
In 2004 Leavenworth, Kansas city council approved bowhunting for deer in certain areas to help manage the deer/human run-ins. Now on the ballot, to be voted on November 22nd, is a proposed ordinance to add coyotes to the bowhunt in town.
Some residents had contacted the commission with concerns about the coyotes. Those opposed say that the coyotes are not a threat or that domestic dogs may be mistaken for coyotes. Mayor Pro Tem Larry Dedeke supports the measure but does not believe that bowhunters would trade a deer for a coyote. Mayor Mark Preisinger says he supports hunting, but does not think the coyote ordinance should be added to the deer management. Preisinger, after talking to Kansas State University professors and Kansas secretary of parks and wildlife says there is not a need for this measure at this time. Commissioners are on the fence about it, but want to bring it back to vote on, especially after getting input from the public. From Leavenworthtimes.com.