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Coyotes in the American West

Animals  (tags: coyotes, wild animals, survivors, maglined, hunted, killed )

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The most widely distributed, studied and persecuted species in the world, the coyote is the most successful medium-sized predator on Earth. An average coyote weighs about 35 pounds. Like wolves, coyotes occupy den sites and have a complex family

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Mystical Moon P. (24)
Sunday March 23, 2008, 3:31 pm
I remember in my backyard their was a coyote that lived beck there. I would watch the coyotes for hours and hours. I heard when I was growing up that coyotes are the trash dogs. This guys are mysterious and unique, something to think about before tring to kill it off.

Joycey B. (750)
Sunday March 23, 2008, 4:43 pm
Noted. Thanks Simone.

Tia P. (7)
Tuesday March 25, 2008, 9:38 am
"U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program kills tens of thousands of native wildlife annually for the benefit of livestock growers and farmers. In 2006, Wildlife Services killed 1.6 million animals, including 117,113 mammalian carnivores, of which 34,056 were shot from aircraft in Western states. The regional aerial gunning toll included 25,349 coyotes, 449 bobcats, 56 wolves, and 81 red foxes."
The cost to taxpayers for killing these coyotes is between $185-805 EACH (Wagner and Conover 1999). That's right people, you and I are paying that much of our federal taxes to kill animals we don't want to kill! Why? Because the ranchers have paid the government $1.6 billion dollars for predator-killing programs between 1939 and 1998 (Berger, 2006), despite the fact that the programs don't work. Less than 1% of cattle and 3% of sheep produced in the U.S. each year are killed by predators.
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