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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I thought Republican run states are supposed to be responsible fiscally................Not so in Utah where almost $400,000 of taxpayer money has been used to kill Coyotes as part of a bounty program to protect Mule Deer.............First of all, only 13 percent of the coyotes killed were in summer ranges where deer have give birth to fawns............Secondly, it is a given fact that you will have to kill Coyotes forever and still not end up eradicating them,,,,,,,,,,,,In fact, you are likely to spur the remaining Coyotes to have as many as 12 pups annually so as to quickly recolonize vacant territories....................Is Utah prepared to spend $400,000 on a Bounty sytem destined to failure?.

Utah Pays $380,000 In Bounty Money For Coyote Scalps In Effort To Reduce Mule Deer Fawn Mortality
By Ben Romans;field and
In its first year, Utah's General Predator Control Program, a coyote-bounty program intended to decrease mule deer fawn mortality, issued $380,950 to hunters and collected 7,160 coyotes—almost 4,800 more coyotes than average.
In 2012, Utah legislators set aside $500,000 from the state's general fund to finance the program, which rewarded hunters about $50 for each coyote harvested. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) set up 19 stations statewide where hunters could collect payment after submitting a coyote scalp with two ears attached, the lower jaw and a simple datasheet documenting where the coyote was killed. Since the DWR began accepting coyotes for payment on September 3, 2012, 1,055 people participated, though most submitted low numbers of coyotes. Of that number, 60 participants (less than 6%) submitted 25 or more coyotes apiece.
A press release from the DWR says it's too early to know the impact of the program, but since mule deer fawns are especially vulnerable to predators, the agency was concerned only 13 percent of the coyotes killed were in summer ranges where deer have give birth to fawns.
In future years, the DWR will analyze data to determine if there is a correlation between the number of coyotes killed and the fawn-to-doe ratio, and also to determine if the state's average fawn-to-doe ratio increases while the program is in place.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm personally not against hunting done responsibly and making real use of the game killed(i. e. EATING it!) and with respect and understanding of the animals hunted as well as respect for the entire ecosystem. But the problem with a lot of "hunting" now is that it has become more like FARMING--planting crops for deer, baiting/feeding them artificially(and constantly!), investing in "deer stands" that are better furnished than my house, etc., etc.,! Not that any of this is necessarily WRONG, but it does create the same perspective a farmer or rancher has regarding THEIR livestock, where ANY predator losses are not to be tolerated! This is NOT the attitude(in my opinion) that should be developed regarding WILD ANIMALS! This possesiveness over deer often leads to conflicts between competing HUMAN hunters(in incidents I have seen/know about) as well as animal predators! Makes one wonder if deer in North America will, in the eons to come(if there ARE eons to come....)will become semi-domesticated and tended almost like Reindeer in Northern Europe!....L.B.