Too Many Coyotes in North Dakota
A recent survey has shown that there are a lot more coyotes then 10 years ago roaming North Dakota. The survey is conducted by mail carriers and hunters with fur bearer licenses. The numbers are almost double in some areas. The weather has had a negative impact on a lot of animals, but the coyotes are healthy and doing fine. They may even be doing better, because they were able to feed off the animals that were suffering from the harsh and long winters.
State senators had proposed a bill to pay a $100 bounty per coyote, for the first 2,000. This was not passed however. Annually around 40,000 coyotes killed, so the 2,000 was not a big number. It did help bring more awareness to the coyote problem though.
Tucker said the intentions of the bill were good, but they were not practical. It might inspire more hunting of coyotes, but it wouldn’t reduce the damage complaints because hunters wouldn’t be required to remove the livestock-damaging animals, she said.
Phil Mastrangelo, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services division in North Dakota, said he has noticed a slight increase in the number of calls to his office for coyotes killing livestock. Coyotes that prey on livestock cause economic damage and hardship.
There is not much hope there will be a dramatic change in the coyote's population as they seem pretty healthy currently. Hunters are allowed to hunt coyotes year round now. From The Dickinson Press.