As coyote populations rise in many areas, the predators can become a threat to farm animals and pets. And as that threat increases, some wildlife agencies find that they don’t have the resources to control the growing problem themselves.
Outdoor Hub reports that officials in Utah and West Virginia have turned to a different solution — bounties.
In West Virginia, Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick and the West Virginia Divions of Natural Resources are offering hunters an incentive to help solve the problem and usher in growth in the sheep industry.
“A number of coyotes have been trapped by conservation officers and released with an identifying number on their ears,” the Outdoor Hub article reported. “The hunters who can bring in one of these animals can expect a monetary prize of anywhere from $100 to $1000. Without knowing which coyotes are tagged and which aren’t, Helmick is hoping participants will bring in multiple animals and help keep the population at a manageable level.”
Utah will reward hunters $50 for every coyote taken. The hunter just has to fill out an online form and provide proper documentation for the hunt. Funds for Utah’s Predator Control Program will be paid out of the Mule Deer Protection Act, which was passed in 2012.
For more information, read the whole story on OutdoorHub.com.