I came across this article this morning out of Virginia. It talks about a bounty program there in one county.
VERONA — Augusta County sharpshooters put a dent in the coyote count last year, delivering 256 dead canines for a bounty of $50 to $75 each.
“It’s been a positive response,” said Miles Bobbitt, the county’s agriculture industry director.
More than 100 people participated in the county’s first full year of its coyote control program, collecting a total of $16,425 in bounties.
Augusta County initiated the bounty in the fall of 2005. Hunters and landowners are paid $75 for each dead coyote from January until April 1 and $50 the rest of the year.
While county officials are pleased with the response, biologists are not convinced of the effectiveness of the program.
Bounty programs typically kill off about 1 percent of the population each year, far less then the 60 to 70 percent required to keep numbers down significantly, said Mike Fies, wildlife research biologist at the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries in Verona. Virginia has an estimated 25,000 coyotes.
Bobbitt was unable to say how many coyotes were in Augusta County or what percentage had been killed by hunters.
Fies said federal programs that target problem areas instead of randomly hunting coyotes are more effective.
Coyotes are not a native species in Virginia and first entered the state in the 1950s, according to the Virginia Cooperative Coyote Control Program. The wild canines can attack livestock and are legally classified as a nuisance species.