SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s controversial coyote bounty program continues to rack up huge numbers. In a recently released report, the Division of Wildlife Resources said that 7,041 coyotes were turned in for the $50 reward in 2014. While that’s just shy of last year’s tally, more people participated in 2014, so the program appears to have maintained its momentum.
The DWR introduced the bounties in 2012 as a method for reducing the state’s coyote population, which in turn would benefit the deer herds on which they prey. Officially known as the Predator Control Program, the ambitious program pays hunters $50 for every coyote they kill. The New York Times has described it as “one of the nation’s largest hunter-based efforts to manage predatory wildlife.”
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