RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — With the migration of coyotes in North Carolina, hunters and farmers say the animals are hurting the deer hunting and livestock.
“They’ve gotten three little calves,” said Judy Chriscoe, who raises Black Angus cattle in southern Randolph County. “It gets in your pocket books when something is taking away your animals.”
Her husband has shot and killed 17 coyotes in recent years on the farm.
Coyotes have now migrated into every county and some have even been spotted in urban areas.
“Coyotes are very smart and do damage to the deer population and cattle growers,” said NC Senator Stan Bingham (R), who last month introduced a bill that would allow trapping coyotes year-round to help deal with the attacks on livestock and deer.
“That has a big impact on North Carolina,” said Bingham.
Right now, coyotes can be hunted year-round, but only trapped three to four months out of the year depending on where you live. Some trappers worry allowing coyotes to be trapped year-round could endanger other animals, including pets, and those needed to help keep nature in balance.
Bingham said he is working on the details with NC Wildlife officials right now.
NC Wildlife experts say other states that have year-round coyote trapping, still have problems. The problems include coyotes over populating as a result of the traps catch other predators that leave more food in the wild. More food in the wild typically leads female coyotes to produce more off-spring.