Utah Doubles Bounty for Coyotes

The bounty for killing a coyote will more than double due to a new law that was signed by Governor Gary Hebert this weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah

The new legislation was introduced by Senator Ralph Okerlund of Monroe and passed under the guise of the Mule Deer Protection Act, which will increase the bounty for bringing in a pair of coyote ears from $20 to $50 and appropriate $750,000 to fund programs supporting the slaughter, despite the fact that coyotes can already be killed year round in the state and there is no quota on how many can be killed or regulations regarding how they can be killed.

The goal is to provide hunters with more of an incentive to go find coyotes and kill more than 20,000 of them, but even wildlife officials are skeptical of the law.

John Shivik, mammals coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, stated that even though populations are lower, they have been steady for the past two years and that the decline can also be attributed to habitat loss and environmental changes.

Other organizations also spoke out against the new law and held onto hope that the governor would veto it.

“Research shows that human hunters, habitat degradation, and climate have greater effects on deer herd size than does predation by coyotes. The truth is coyotes typically prey upon rodents and rabbits, which actually increases forage for deer, and for livestock,” according to WildEarth Guardians.

“Coyotes are important ecological actors. Their presence in systems creates greater biological diversity. Without them, kiss your ground-nesting songbirds goodbye. Coyotes limit populations of smaller carnivores such as skunks, raccoons, and opossums that prey upon birds and their eggs. Moreover, killing coyotes is ineffective. They quickly change their breeding and immigration strategies and make up for their losses. A vacant territory will contain a new coyote in about four month’s time.”

The Utah Humane Society also voiced concerns over the use of traps and poisoning, which are not only inhumane, but could pose a danger to pets and other non-target animals.

Another bill signed by the governor this weekend will impose a $5 fee on big-game licenses that will also go toward predator control.

“At a time when state budgets are being cut and Utah taxpayers are feeling an economic crunch, spending limited taxpayer money ($7.5 million in 10 years) on a wasteful and ineffective coyote-killing program is unjust to Utah citizens. This money would be far better spent to improve our public education system or any number of other worthy programs,” according to Project Coyote.

Sounds like the governor’s office has run out of ideas on how to generate money so it’s going after the slaughter of what we clearly now understand is a critical element to the balance of the ecosystem …just so hunters can kill the deer they’re pretending to save.

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Photo credit: Scott Butner


William C
William C7 months ago

Thank you.

Marianne Forgo
Marianne Forgo4 years ago

No comment. Signed.

David W.
David W.4 years ago

I have hiked and climbed all over Utah back-country for 50 years, and I have only seen ONE live coyote. The Division of Wildlife Resources and the BLM and every other ridiculous government funded boon-doggle good-old-boys club really has NO clue about how many coyotes live in Utah. These same boys clubs also have NO idea how many Mountain Lions live in Utah. Coyotes and Mountain Lions should NOT be hunted and killed by anyone in Utah. The harsh winters here provide a perfectly natural population control mechanism for all wild animals in Utah. Governor Herbert and his ilk should STOP picking on coyotes because they have NO idea what damage they are doing to the Utah wild life eco-systems.

federico bortoletto

Come qualsiasi altro governo si spende il denaro pubblico per queste cose piuttosto magari di aiutare i bisognosi o i cittadini tutti.

mark g.
mark gillono5 years ago

"So Many People are so busy killing animals instead of spending money on the homeless and hungry!!"

Tricia, animal agriculture is a major cause of hunger and poverty. it is extremely inefficient to produce a calorie of food from an animal product when compared to producing a calorie of food from a plant based source. depending on the crop, 70-85% of grains grown go to feed non-human animals instead of people. in addition, along with the vast amount of resources and huge amount of pollution and waste produced by animal agriculture, species such as wolves and coyotes which compete with farmers for land and food are villainized and slaughtered further upsetting the natural balance of ecosystems. another example of this is the annual Canadian seal slaughter where innocent, helpless baby seals are viciously and brutally clubbed and left to die in agony just because the seals eat fish that the fisherman want.

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton5 years ago

So Many People are so busy killing animals instead of spending money on the homeless and hungry!!

mark g.
mark gillono5 years ago

“The philosophy of nonviolence which I learned from Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr., during my involvement in the civil rights movement was first responsible for my change in diet…Under the leadership of Dr. King, I became totally committed to nonviolence, and I was convinced that nonviolence meant opposition to killing in any form. I felt the commandment ‘Thou Salt not kill’ applied to human beings not only in their dealings with each other – war, lynching, assassination, murder and the like – but in their practice of killing animals for food or sport. Animals suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain…the same arrogant, cruel and brutal taking of life.” – Dick Gregory

Gerald Landry
Gerald L5 years ago


Tofte girl has close encounter with wolves

A 17-year-old girl had a frightening encounter with two wolves in her yard at 7101 West Highway 61 in Tofte on Monday, March 26. Jana Sanders was pruning some rose bushes near the deck on her family’s home at about 1:30 p.m. when she heard a growl behind her. Full Story

found this front page story today at Grand Marais MN, Saturday April 7th. 2012

more information @ Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: Minnesota DNR
www.dnr.state.mn.us/ guidelines for owners of livestock guard animals or domestic animals

LOU B.5 years ago

Mark, Thank god ! I thought that I was the only voice of reason in this den of nutcases. Its truly evil when you raise animal life over human life. I respect and admire animal life but do not place it above the needs of mankind. Didn't God destroy those who were worshipping animals in the Bible.

mark g.
mark gillono5 years ago

“Some folks insist that believing in animal rights is like a religion. But religion asks followers to believe in things nobody can see, while animal rights advocates ask followers to see things nobody can believe.” - Craig Burton