Controversial bomb that killed dog a common tool in Utah, West

'I feel like I've had terrorism in my backyard,' Pocatello mom says

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  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    March 27, 2017 11:19 p.m.

    1.8 Million a year to kill between 56 to 68 coyotes a year? A Trib article indicated that that bounty hunters in Utah killed over 8,000 coyotes in 1 year costing a little over $400,000 in bounties ($50/coyote). Seems like bounty hunting is a lot more effective, safer and a lot less expensive. I'm surprised the media and the State Natural Resources folks have not publicized and encouraged bounty hunting of coyotes more than it has.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    March 27, 2017 6:08 p.m.

    The person who planted the devices should be fired. They obviously ignored safety protocols. Reminds me of the tragic story in Layton when the two young girls died when a pesticide was improperly used. I see no more needs for these types of devices. I am tired of farmers and ranchers always griping about coyotes and wolves. There is a balance to nature that was put in place by the creator. Man is the one who upset the balance not the predators. Predators are just doing what comes natural to them.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 27, 2017 12:53 p.m.

    Of course no one wants to see a dog or child or anything else unintended get injured, let alone killed.
    But there are two other factors. Coyotes are a durable, persistent pest and a threat to sheep and cow/calf operations. You can fence cows and sheep in, by the way, (sheep less so) but you can't fence coyotes out. Second, farmers and ranchers vote, and their vote is crucial to a lot of politicians. So, the front line ag producers get what they want in many cases. And one of the things they often want is predator control. Of course they will use whatever efforts are also at their disposal to deal with coyotes on their land as well. It's not just government that puts out poison.
    Government is in a no win situation here. People want predator control, but are always quick to complain if money is unnecessarily spent. A worthwhile bounty is probably more costly than an M44, unfortunately. It used to be that hides were worth good money, but not anymore. In those days people rifle shot them or used hounds to get them, and there were fewer. Now, however, that's not the case. It's a sad story, but I'm not sure what the solution is.

  • OlderGreg USA, CA
    March 27, 2017 11:41 a.m.

    It cost what? How many animals "taken"?

    Sounds about as cost effective as the old clunkers program. That one cost enough to purchase a new high end vehicle for each participant. Instead they each got some little rebate that might make a down payment on a cheap car.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 27, 2017 11:04 a.m.

    I would sue the U.S. Department of Agriculture BIG TIME!! There is no way the fed govt goes around planting bombs -- a dog or a child could have been killed. A dog was killed. Why do we think we need to control Coyotes? To protect sheep? Balderdash!! Fence your sheep in and keep your smelly sheep off primitive alpine areas as well!!

  • illuminated Kansas City, MO
    March 27, 2017 10:57 a.m.

    If a normal citizen had done this, it would been a long jail sentence. Since its the fed someone will get a promotion.

  • SLC345 SLC, UT
    March 27, 2017 10:52 a.m.

    Good heavens - how did liberal politics become a part of this issue and then one solution is to allow people with guns into the neighborhood to shoot the animals? Great, bombs are not bad enough let's get some hunters into the neighborhood next to playing children and homes.
    Is there any common sense left anywhere?
    Or just political accusations, violence and guns?

  • Ann Blake Tracy Henderson, NV
    March 27, 2017 9:48 a.m.

    Whoever is saying that Canyon was unharmed or uninjured apparently must be blind! Take one look at that picture of the boy with his dog and you can see how much he was most definitely was harmed. He just watched his best friend murdered in a most horrific way right in front of him. And, as anyone would, is likely blaming himself for taking his dog with him.

    It appears they should change the name of Wildlife "Services" to Wildlife "Funeral Services." This is another area where President Trump could save us a lot of money in another big government tax cut by defunding this barbaric practice. I for one certainly do not agree with paying these people to do this.

    That bomb was there only a month and there were two other fatalities nearby only days before? Who needs foreign terrorists with these people turning home into a war zone?!

    And if this young man is given an antidepressant to "cope" with his nightmare you can add one more fatality since these drugs have warnings they at least double the rate of suicide for his age group. And just yesterday news came out in an Illinois wrongful death case that one increases suicide by 8 times!

  • Evets Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 27, 2017 9:01 a.m.

    FT:
    Don't blame the right for this type of stuff. This is just an example of big government out of control.
    Cyanide bombs have no place on any land. They are dangerous and being unmonitored one does not realize the damage until after the fact.
    I agree with some of the others. Issue some additional predator hunting permits for areas that are a problem.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    March 27, 2017 8:45 a.m.

    Bad policy and guess what, we the people are paying for it. Just another example of a right wing lobby influencing government to pay for something that benefits very few people.

  • Thomas Thompson SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 27, 2017 7:35 a.m.

    Such incidents may well be compensable under the Federal Tort Claims Act -- not that it will undo the damage, but it might make the government think twice about not following its own rules.

  • Old Scarecrow Brigham City, UT
    March 27, 2017 6:26 a.m.

    It's ridiculous to place lethal devices like the M44s on public lands when hunters could likely reduce coyote populations much more safely.

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    March 26, 2017 10:11 p.m.

    If coyotes are a problem, then increase the bounties in problem areas, let the hunter solve this for you.