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Targeting coyotes won’t reduce them

If the representatives proposing this hunting legislation actually understood the science related to coyotes, they would understand that the population of coyotes is self- limiting related to availability of habitat and prey.

No amount of hunting will reduce the population because birth rates will be matched to the availability of habitat and prey. So this is a useless piece of legislation.

The notion that we need to reduce the numbers of coyotes to reduce the attacks on deer, pets, etc., is misguided because we need to understand that the more we encroach on these animals’ habitat, the more we will suffer these issues.

If you live where there are coyotes, you need to be aware, not the other way around. In fact, much research has demonstrated that coyotes are widespread in many of our larger cities like New York and Chicago. They are survivors.

They will be here long after we are gone.

Stephen LoRusso

Loretto

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