'I feel like I've had terrorism in my backyard,' Pocatello mom says
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
If a normal citizen had done this, it would been a long jail sentence. Since
its the fed someone will get a promotion.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
It's ridiculous to place lethal devices like the M44s on public lands when
hunters could likely reduce coyote populations much more safely.
If coyotes are a problem, then increase the bounties in problem areas, let the
hunter solve this for you.