State House Approves Coyote Legislation As Problems Increase

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

State Representative Royce Adams of Dry Ridge says farmers came to him asking for help with the coyotes.

State wildlife officials say live coyotes could fetch up to $100 apiece. The bill was approved 85-to-15.

Only trappers licensed by the state to deal with nuisance animals would be allowed to sell live coyotes under the legislation passed yesterday by the house. Current state law forbids the sale of live coyotes.

WBKO spoke with an area cattle farmer about what a problem coyotes are causing for him. Chris Milam says, "I don't see them every night. But I probably hear them at least six out of seven nights a week."

Coyotes are becoming a big problem for farmers all over Kentucky.

"The biggest threat we have here is the threat of newborn calves."

The animals do not cause many problems when they are alone. But when they get in packs they will hunt.

"We might come in and find a carcass of a newborn calf and that calf never got up. They waited for it. Cows will protect their calves. But if coyotes get aggressive enough they are going to run them off."

As their environment changes, coyotes become more adapt to living in more urban areas. In fact, they are one of the most adaptable animals. They've even been spotted in Los Angeles. As other populations of wild animals are shrinking, coyote populations are growing all over the country.

"If we don't start thinning them out, they're going to be a big problem. They just keep getting thicker and thicker. And pets have started disappearing, and the only reason would be from coyotes and wild dogs."

Recently, coyotes tried to pull one of his neighbor’s pet cats through a wire fence, and he is concerned if the coyotes get less fearful of human interaction, they could even come after children.


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