Looks like Maine is taking its dwindling deer herd problem to heart, starting with coyotes.
Maine hunting organizations have been asking
for a stronger herd-management plan for some time. Of the state’s 1.2
million residents, some 146,000 are hunters, and another 30,000 hunters
come from out of state each year.
Deer hunting provides an estimated 4,500 jobs, said Chandler Woodcock, commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
The new program, which would allow hunters to lure coyotes with bait and hunt with dogs, is not a bounty, Woodcock said.
“We’re not talking about a wide-scale effort,” he said.
Hunters will be sent into areas with a known problem and paid a per-diem rate as well as some mileage costs, he said.
Is this a good idea? Are there other ways the Maine deer herd could be bolstered? Let us know what you think.