Title

"The Talk of Maine" piece on efforts to control the eastern coyote population in

Authors

Ted Williams

Source

Down East

Date

2-1-2003

Pages

13-17

Abstract

"The Talk of Maine" piece on efforts to control the eastern coyote population in Maine. In 1985 the state legislature ordered the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to kill coyotes, authorizing it to hire private citizens trained in the use of snares. About sixty of these agents have been snaring roughly 400 coyotes per season (winter and early spring). Last season, fifty-one agents killed 564 coyotes, presumably a result of liberalized regulations. Author Ted Williams says the efforts are ill-conceived, ineffective and inhumane. With comments by Howard Chick, of Lebanon, a deer hunter since the 1930's and a member of the Sportsman Alliance of Maine, and Maine's deer biologist, Gerald Lavigne.

Subjects

Animals Treatment, Coyote, Trapping

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