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6,000 Coyotes Killed in Utah Bounty Program

8 May

by Grant Olsen, Cross Posted from Exposing the Big Game

Utah's bounty program is not only ineffective at reducing populations, it incentivizes fraud, resulting in scores of dead and dismembered coyotes in other states (photo from field and stream.com)

Utah’s bounty program is not only ineffective at reducing populations, it incentivizes fraud, resulting in scores of dead and dismembered coyotes in other states (photo from http://www.fieldandstream.com)

SALT LAKE CITY — More than 6,000 dead coyotes have been redeemed by hunters since Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources launched its coyote bounty program last September.

The DWR hopes its ambitious plan will eliminate a significant portion of the state’s coyote population, which in turn will benefit the deer herds on which they prey. Officially known as the Predator Control Program, the incentive-based program pays hunters $50 for every coyote they kill.

Other states have implemented bounty programs over the years, but rarely on this scale. Even the New York Times has taken note of Utah’s Predator Control Program, calling it “one of the nation’s largest hunter-based efforts to manage predatory wildlife.”

Camilla Fox, executive director of Project Coyote, says that the Predator Control Program is “ecologically reckless, economically unjustifiable and ethically reprehensible.”

According to Fox, most government agencies acknowledge that coyote bounties are not only ineffective at reducing coyote populations, but are often counterproductive. She asserts that decades of research suggests that the systematic killing of coyotes increases reproduction, immigration and survival.

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