Maine Puts Bounty on Coyotes
Maine's whitetail herds have been under pressure for some time. To address the falling herd counts, the state released a new management plan late last week. Among the highlights are an increased focus on deer wintering areas and deer feeding programs as well as paying hunters to take out coyotes in remote areas. Reuters has a detailed write up on the new state plans.
Hunters will be sent into areas with a known problem and paid a per-diem rate as well as some mileage costs, Chandler Woodcock, commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. "With fuel costs what they are, we can't expect people to spend their own time and money driving long distances into remote areas and not get compensated," he said.