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February 17, 2013

Coyotes or coywolves: Debate grows over their true identity


“The only way to control the population of coyotes is to live with them,” he said in an email to The Eagle-Tribune. “There is literally no other way around it.” He decried hunting as a means of controlling them, saying that they will simply respond by having more pups.

Larson said that’s exactly what happens, adding that hunting is not used as a means of controlling populations of coyotes.

“We know there’s been more interest in hunting coyotes in the last few years,” she said. “And the season was extended. But hunting is not a tool for population management.”

For the most part, the animals are hunted for their pelts, although occasionally their bones and skulls are donated to schools for education purposes.

Dr. Way said he believes hunting of coyotes, or coywolves as he calls them, should end altogether and that the animals should be treated like a protected species, similar to wolf populations.

He said in a letter to the New York Times, in response to an editorial about killing wolves in Montana, that “state management plans in all Northeastern states essentially allow an unlimited slaughter of eastern coyotes for all or at least half of the year.”

He denounced the practice, saying “coywolves are important to the ecology of the area ... coywolves (and wolves) are social, sentient, and intelligent animals that should be treated like a valuable member of the natural community ... and the current management of coywolves (eastern coyotes) here in the Northeast just about guarantees that non-hybridized wolves making it here from southern Canada will be killed.”




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