Coyote problem prompts call for bounty

Coyote problem prompts call for bounty
All About Animals

POSTED: Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 5:28pm

UPDATED: Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 6:42pm

In Terrebonne Parish leaders have come up with a way to address the growing coyote population, but not everyone thinks it will work.

The number of missing cats and dogs has grown rapidly in the parish and neighbors blame coyotes. A committee of the Terrebonne Parish Council voted Monday night to send a letter to state wildlife officials requesting a bounty be paid to professional hunters to kill coyotes.

The coyote problem is worse in Houma and some living there feel it's a necessary move.

"As far as I can see there is no use for these coyotes,” Gail Neubilg, Houma resident, said. “If they do catch them and bring them to the dog pound they are going to put them to sleep so it's the same thing you know."

Beau Gast of the Louisiana Wildlife Rehabilitators Association believes hunting and killing will actually increase the population, because if you kill the alpha-male, more coyotes will mate to fill the role.

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