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Associated Press , Published April 04 2013

Coyote control program proves popular in ND

BISMARCK — A new state-sponsored program in North Dakota that helps connect landowners who have coyote problems with hunters and trappers has proven popular.

Fifty-one landowners and 486 hunters used the Coyote Catalog online database last winter. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Game and Fish Assistant Wildlife Chief Jeb Williams say it could be a model for other states.

But some say such programs are misguided.

Wildlife ecologist Ashley DeLaup (duh-LAWP’) with the Project Coyote nonprofit says coyotes respond to hunting pressure by breeding at younger ages and having larger litters. She says that can lead to more coyotes in an area and also push some out to other areas.

Western Wildlife Conservancy Executive Director Kirk Robinson says killing off coyotes also can lead to other ecosystem problems, such as more rodents.

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