Coyotes

Coyote hunting presents challenges to longtime hunters

Along with dogs, investigators also found dead coyotes, weasels and wolves, and lab tests confirmed the animals were also poisoned. (Photo by Bob Drieslein)RAPID CITY, S.D. — To John Cooper and Jerry Pier, a coyote hunt is not a shooting gallery. So you won’t find any high-capacity, fast-firing, military style weapons in their coyote-hunting arsenal. What you will find are…

As part of settlement, study to determine if predator-killing poisons are affecting federally protected species

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)BOISE, Idaho — U.S. officials have agreed to complete a study on how two predator-killing poisons could be affecting federally protected species as part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed by environmental and animal-welfare groups. The 10-page agreement filed last week in U.S. District Court in Montana requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to…

Coyotes gaining foothold in urban South Carolina

If true, it would be the first time that a coyote has attacked a human in the stateCOLUMBIA, S.C. — An advertising firm was shooting a commercial Dec. 19 at Janet Hopkins’ home in Elmwood Park, just blocks from downtown Columbia, when a crew member saw something he didn’t expect. Geoff Herbert, a worker on the shoot, was taking a…

Maine hunters on the prowl for coyotes – by moonlight

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine hunters are on the prowl for coyotes. The state’s annual “night hunt” for coyotes opened Saturday. It’s legal to hunt coyotes all year, but it’s only legal at night from Dec. 16 to Aug. 31. The state has no bag or possession limit on coyotes, which live across the state – there are thought to be…

Deal bans predator-killing cyanide traps in Colorado

An agreement approved earlier this week between U.S. officials and environmentalists would ban the use of predator-killing cyanide traps on Colorado public lands, but a government agency said federal workers already had stopped using the devices except on the state’s private lands. Public pressure for a nationwide ban on the traps – meant to protect livestock from predators – has…

Chicago suburb hiring trappers to remove coyotes

If true, it would be the first time that a coyote has attacked a human in the stateGRAYSLAKE, Ill. — Police in a Chicago suburb are hiring trappers to remove coyotes after receiving a surge of reports about the animals roaming through neighborhoods and attacking small dogs. The Daily Herald reports the Grayslake police department is asking residents to alert…