By James Schugel, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There have been cases across Minnesota of coyotes killing other animals, including pets in the Twin Cities. Now a state lawmaker has an idea that, he says, will control the growing coyote population.

“It’s more an incentive,” explained Rep. Andrew Falk (DFL), who represents several Western Minnesota counties. “There are a number of farmers in my district who have had experiences.”

Falk has talked with farmers who say coyotes have killed their cattle. Recently, a family pet in a Twin Cities suburb was also killed by a coyote.

Falk’s bill in the state legislature would actually pay people to kill coyotes. It would allow for a bounty for each one.

County Boards would decide specifics, including how much they’d pay for each coyote and when the bounty would be given. Falk estimates that boards might pay anywhere from $5 to $20 for each coyote.

“Specifically where there is a need, where we have an overabundance of the populations, it gives the County Board an additional tool to hopefully incentivize people to hunt or trap or take the animals by any legal means,” Falk said.

Each county will decide whether they use the idea or not.

“I personally don’t think it’s necessary,” said Craig Bourgeault, who lives in Edina.

Bourgeault’s wife filmed a coyote in their backyard recently. The video shows the animals jumping a fence, running through, and jumping another fence to leave, all the while the family’s dog is barking.

Bourgeault thinks coyotes are harmless and would rather not confront anything.

“They’re not going to attack people. They’re not generally going to bother people,” said Bourgeault.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says more coyotes are appearing in southwestern Minnesota counties. Falk thinks his bill will help deal with the issue.

Comments (97)
  1. bud says:

    let them clean up a few more pets in the cities, then tell me your pet is o.k. in the backyard

    1. Leonakis says:

      The habitat for treasured game animals has been bought and paid for by hunters. Let the hunters decide. Coyotes eat the game: Rabbit, Squirrel, Turkey, Quail, and fox too. They’ll eat anything that is fun to hunt. The wolf kept the coyote under control and went after larger game, like deer. But then the wolf had to go because they wouldn’t stop eating sheep, goats, cattle, etc, and proliferated unnaturally. There are plenty of wolves. They never were an endangered species if one includes Canada and Alaska. Canadians shoot them, its open season year round. They aren’t desired and aren’t needed in the states. Bounty on coyote is a predecessor to hunting permits on wolves. In Minnesota the wolves have killed off all the moose when they calve. There’s more wolves than moose. Minnesota needs to let hunters kill the wolves until the moose recover. Minnesota also needs to let the hunters kill the coyotes until the wolves come back. Its a management problem. The hunters are the only ones who actually help manage the states game by buying wildlife management areas for game to recover and thrive.

      1. Stien says:

        Where do I sign?

  2. Vern says:

    Sounds like the guy from Edina is sensible. If people watch their pets a little closer, no problem.

    1. GN says:

      It appears that most that have done the postings are city folk and don’t have a clue what they are talking about.

    2. Diane says:

      When you have wild life around you need to adapt. We had an owl in our yard when my dog were little I had to be extra careful then. The coyotes are in our area now too but I’m just careful when my dogs are out. They keep the rabbits out of my garden. And that’s a good thing.

  3. jc says:

    Typical mentality. Kill all the predators. Once the coyotes are all gone then we will have to have meetings and pass laws for bounties on feral cats, rabbits, squirrels etc. as then they will be causing the nuisance in your back yard. Not to mention the problems with trespassing, safety, etc. that these money hungry hunters will not following. Promote coyote hunting as it stands today and get teach your youth to hunt legally!

    1. Anti-cruelty says:

      State lawmakers need to focus on the REAL problems this state faces. Coyotes are just doing their job of cleaning up carcasses, and killing rats, mice, and rabbits. Take care of your pets and they won’t be food! Coyotes belong to all taxpayers and citizens. And I don’t want MY coyotes hunted!

    2. insignificant says:

      @jc…you,sir are apparently very ignorant in regards to wildlife and habitats.The point isn’t to kill off the coyotes ,but to thin the populations down,as MN and WI have coyote populations that have expoded ,in other words,way too many of them.Same is for the wolves.They also,have populations way above their population goals,or rather,the suitable habitats to support the packs.So getting them off the fed endangered lists so states can control these populations is really a good thing.Trespassing?Laws are very srict in this regards,and a tresspasser can have a visit by the sherrif or deputies and fined.Safety?Hunting is very safe these days as every hunter goes through a hunter safety coarse in order to be licensed.Your always gonna have some nut making a bad decision,as you would someone driving a car,eh?Bounties on squirrels and rabbits?lol…You do realize that people harvest and eat these animals,right?You couldn’t wipe out coyotes if they wanted to,as they are very timid,smart animals,that inhabit very brushy wilderness areas.I live in an area where i get to hear them almost everyday,and would like t thin sme of them down myself,as they take a heavy toll on the deer herds.Too many of them.Black bears,too,have populations on the rise and expanding to areas south where they usually aren’t seen.So the d.n.r. has increased permits to hunt ’em.We have really great wildlife management in this country,supported by the funds of hunters,and many species are thriving in almost all 50 states,where even the sound of a wild turkey can be heard in so many areas where they were wiped out in the past.

      1. Lianne Muhl says:

        Hunters’ licenses do provide a lot of support for the DNR, but the majority of the funding comes from the state lottery. I was surprised to find that out. The argument could be made, then, that the wildlife belongs to all the people…hunters and non-hunters alike.

  4. Anti-cruelty says:

    There is a lot of misinformation about coyotes. Native Americans called him God’s Dog. Coyotes are basically scavengers (feeding off animal carcasses discarded by farmers). Their diet basically consists of rodents and mice. They will feed on discarded, feral cats who in turn kill valuable songbirds. Coyotes provide a valuable service in controlling rats and rabbits. If you take care of your pets, they will not be victims. A bounty will create cruelty such as poison and traps and den burnings. We need live in harmony with wildlife. Coyotes are just adapting as they always have to humans invading territory that was once theirs.

  5. Amy says:

    The problem is they can become a nuisance to farmers. Cattle and other animals can become easy prey over and over again costing them a lot of money. Who knows weather they would attack a small child either. My husband is a coyote hunter; Coyote are harder to hunt than you think. They are smart, have a since of smell better than anything and basically hunt the hunter. If the Coyote population needs to be controlled a little bit; why not offer a hunter a little more incentive for more fun? Just saying…

    1. Citizen says:

      Coyotes are not a nuisance to farmers. Farmers throw animal carcasses in treelines, and, since coyotes are scavengers, they dome to clean up the mess. Coyotes also eat rats, mice, rabbits, and feral pets. There has never been documentation of coyotes hunting large prey like cattle and deer. They have adapted well to human encroachment on their territory. Coyotes belong to all taxpayers and citizens, and I, for one, want coyotes left alone to keep up their good work of pest control. They may be smart, but all animals have a hard time eluding man’s cruelty.

      1. South Central MN says:

        get your butt of the couch and take a walk through the woods. I can show you 3 cases right off the top of my head of a deer killed by a coyote this winter. And yes, coyotes are a nuisance to farmers. I shoot every one I see!

      2. BELONG? says:

        These animals dont BELONG to anyone, you have no ownership rights to any wild animal in this state or any other state for that matter

    2. TG says:

      I happen to have grown up on a farm.. I also happen to know a lot of farmers…. I’m not so sure Coyote being a nuisance to farmers is an issue… I don’t know very many farmers who if they are having a problem with coyotes wont’ “fix” the problem themselves or don’t know a hunter such as your husband who would “Fix” it for them. Of course you’d be for an incentive to hunt them. Your husband already does it for fun, (and what little bit he gets for the hides already) and now you have a chance to make between $5 and $20 more per hide… Heck yeah.. Just saying…

    3. Tim says:

      Your husband a coyote hunter? Then you know it is darn hard work and takes planning. I figure break even price would be one day’s wage for one coyote bounty, or $400 which ever is greater. It’s not fun; its a challenge. It’s certainly not worth it. Coyotes are obviously harder to rid than wolves. At least the wolf was driven out. No one ever drove out the coyote. It’s a worthless animal to hunt. There is no pay off; it can’t be eaten and the fur is useless even as a novelty. Hunters would rather take deer, turkey, rabbit, quail, duck or goose than waste money pursuing a useless dog.

      The genes from a coyote or wolf can be recovered from any dog just by releasing the dog into the wild. In a few generations the will turn back into wolves and coyotes, which is what they came from anyway. I don’t see what these other people are grousing about; controlling a species of common dogs.

      1. mn hntr says:

        you are an idiot

  6. Ted Rogers says:

    I’m against killing the Coyote…..however, two weeks ago we had one almost to our rear door while our Lhasa Apso was out for her morning visit… there is a valley in Chanhassen between Powers Blvd and our home where they apparently hunt…

    Seems to me that taking care with our pets would be a good first step….statistics have shown trying to eradicate these creatures is nigh on to impossible….and if we do, then everyone will complain that the Coyote is nearly extinct…..

    1. insignificant says:

      Their not talking about bounties on coyotes where there aren’t many,but areas where the populations have grown to high levels.MN D.N.R. would never allow them to get wiped out,just thinned down in sme over-populated areas.

  7. Really? says:

    Amy, if your husband wants to have “fun” killing things, why should I have to pay for his “fun”. Just saying…. I agree with JC, once you get rid of the predators, something else becomes the “problem”.

    1. DUH!!! says:

      You will never “get rid” of the population completely nor would you want to. Just keep it in check so they are not a nuisance is the idea. There are other areas in our state other than city and burbs. They are a bother to FARMERS>if it can help the farmers why not?

      1. Citizen says:

        Duh!!!, for the most part farmers cause their own problems with coyotes, who are mainly a scavenger, by throwing animal carcasses in their treelines or at the edge of their properties.

    2. insignificant says:

      @really…how about calling yourself” unreality”,eh?As you agree with some JC charactor,above, who doesn’t have a clue….and then you put words in Amy’s posts that just aren’t there.Some of you urbanites should keep your posts to yourself because of apparent ignorance in matters associated with wilderness habitats

  8. Paul says:

    Great Idea! This will help get Coyote populations where they belong. Where I live in southern MN, we have too many. Wildlife like nesting Pheasants and Ducks would also benifit from not so many predators. While they’re at it they should put a bounty on Racoons too. Those destructive little things are also out of hand.

    1. TG says:

      Do most of you realize that 90% of coyote and Racoon hunters already sell the hides from the animals they get?? sure they do it for fun, but they also profi (Granted they don’t “profit” very much most years)… And who are we do “determine where the coyote population BELONGS” they seemed to have a natural habit of regulating their own population before we moved in on them.. I think we should star putting a bounty on stupid people but that doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere… “Those destructive little things are getting out of hand” too.

      1. Citizen says:

        Good post, TG. Hunters tend to hunt the best animals of a species because they have the best pelts, or, in the case of deer, are large with large antlers. These are just the animals who should be left to reproduce. Hunters don’t really benefit the ecosystem unless they are willing to hunt the old, weak, and infirm. Ha! All animal populations are self-regulating–except for humans.

        1. TG says:

          Almost. Hunters to benifit the ecosystem because they help regulate the population.. If it wasn’t for hunters there would be a lot more animals either being eaten in the wild (i’m sure thats a painless death) or that die of starvation during the hard winters… It is a proven fact that hunting helps regulate populations. I think in general we agree, but hunting would be and should be a practice which should get more “props” for helping the ecosystem.

          1. Citizen says:

            I agree with you, TG, but hunters themselves make their bad press when they trespass or leave animals to die etc. It is as I said, hunters would do the best service to the environment if they were willing to take the old, weak, and infirm instead of trophies. That practice is true population regulation.

            1. TG says:

              How often does the press write an article about the hunter who follows a wounded animal for hours and MILES so that they can complete as humane of a harvest as possible. The press 80-90% of the time never writes about stories such as this.. It is a stereotype that all hunters go after the trophy… GOOD trophy managment includes a strict harvest of old/weak/woundedand genetically “unfit”.. Harvesting animals in general is popultation regulation..

              I guess we will just have to agree to disagree on this one.. but I am a hunter.. I’m not sure when the last time you shouldered a rifle and followd an animal for some time in incliment weather so you could make sure it didn’t suffer. But i’ve done it and I know a lot of hunters who have also.

              1. Citizen says:

                My only hunting is done with a camera now. My spouse and I used to hunt, but we watched animal populations decline too much, and stumbled upon too many carcasses of animals left to die. If you’re a good, ethical hunter, that’s as it should be. I don’t think that behavior is that common. Most of my farming neighbors refuse hunting privileges to people because of all the abuses. We get tired of the messes left behind.

      2. insignificant says:

        fur markets haven’t been doing real well as of late,so alot o fur -bearer hunters don’t bother anymore,eh?

    2. Upset says:

      You’re out of hand! Why don’t we kill everything we don’t like and then we’ll all stare at cows for enjoyment.

      1. insignificant says:

        @upset…you have been duped by Disneys Bambie movie,eh?

  9. KM says:

    We’ll keep encroaching on wild animals territories until there is no place for them to go at all and then we’ll call them a nuisance and kill them.

  10. Citizen says:

    Representative Falk should ask more citizens how they feel about this bill. The coyotes belong to all taxpayers. I, for one, do not want them hunted for bounties. They are sorely needed to control the rat, mice, and rabbit populations. If you take care of your pets, they won’t be hunted. Our farm is much better off with coyotes for neighbors who keep down the rat, mice, and rabbit populations. We don’t want to have to use poison to control those pests.

  11. matt says:

    Behead the beasts… mail in their heads!!! Collect rewarding payments!!!!!!!!

    Ok ok relax I am just kidding. 🙂

  12. EdenPrairie says:

    I am not sure that a bounty is the right idea but something has to be done. They are getting braver and less afraid of people. We have a fence but that didn’t help us. We had a horrifying experience with a coyote last summer. Our house cat was let out, accidentally by a pet sitter and the result was death by coyote to our dear pet. I understand that they coyote is only doing what comes naturally – but at what point are the losses unacceptable?

    1. insignificant says:

      perhaps you kept your cat indoors too often and it didn’t know how to climb a tree? mine stays out all night with coyotes all around us.

      1. Pat says:

        That cat won’t be around for long…..some morning you’ll go out to get the paper and just find a ruffled tail laying there. On a side note, you are quite the pet owner to let your animal roam around all night outside.

  13. Brett J. says:

    No one ever acknowledges the fact that human beings are the ones encroaching on predator territory, deer territory, or any other “overpopulated” and hunted-for-sport species. Coyotes, a predatory creature by nature, are simply playing out their instincts as such. Mankind is not the steward of the land and is playing God trying to eradicate something considered simply a nuisance. I grew up in the woods of Northern Wisconsin hunting small and large game and have since quite hunting as I do not feel it is my right to take the life of an animal simply for sport. It is your duty to live in symbiosis with the ecological world, not conform it to your personal conveniences.

  14. Citizen says:

    I hope so, Matt. This bill will probably promote cruelty, not just hunting. Coyotes have been the target of extremely cruel hunting practices in the past which I won’t name because the marginally intelligent who post here will probably go out and start doing them. Suffice it to say, this particular article is full of a lot of misinformation. Read Hope Ryden’s book called God’s Dog and educated, people!

  15. Citizen says:

    Eden Prairie, sorry for the loss of your pet. I hope you found another wonderful cat your local shelter who needed a home. But, coyotes take care of the feral cat problem for many towns. Feral cats kill valuable songbirds. The overpopulation of unwanted cats and dogs is WAY more of a problem than coyotes who are simply doing what they have to to survive.

    1. G says:

      Who says that songbirds are valuable..??? Some people like dogs and cats and even like strays.. they don’t think the population is unwanted..

      1. Citizen says:

        G. Law says songbirds are valuable and it is a crime to hunt them. Hope you haven’t shot any with that BB gun lately.

        1. G says:

          Law says that crows are songbirds too and they sure are not valuable…
          Just because something is protected by Law doesn’t mean it is valuable..
          Law says that you need a license to hunt coyotes so apparently they are of value also???
          Well your right, i haven’t shot any with a BB gun.. I prefer to use a shotgun..

          1. Citizen says:

            You’re protected by law, G. Are you valuable? What a stupid argument.

            1. G says:

              I’m not sure if i’m valuable.. I’m sure some folk would say i’m valuble and others would not.. Thats the point Just because something is protected by Law does not give it value.. Value is in the eye of the beholder.. Because you say songbirds are valuable doesn’t mean the rest of the population thinks that.. so its a pretty craxy argument that you began by placing public value on something that you personally value.. And then claim it has value because it is protected by Law.. Murderers, gangsters, rapists and pedophiles are also protected under law also and I bet those who have lost loved ones or have been molested or raped would say that the others don’t have much value.

            2. G says:

              I’m not sure if I have value or not. i guess that is up to the people who know me. EVEYONE in the US is protected by the Law.. Even those in Jail who have broken the law in the most ignorant ways.. (I.E. some one who commits murder? is still protected by the law). You ask the loved ones of the victim if the murderer has value or not..

              That is the point. Value is in the eye of the beholder and just because you value songbirds does not mean everyone else does.. so that isn’t a reason to “control” something that eats something else that you value.

  16. Upset says:

    How about a bounty on legislatures like Andrew Falk? Stop killing and blaming predators for every animal death. How about monitoring your animals? Also a coyote is a scavenger so just bc it is seen eating an animal, that doesn’t mean that it killed it.

    1. Norge says:

      The coyote is a scavenger??? How stupid are you? Unless they see it killed, ie; roadkill, they don’t eat it, try to poison one you will see. Just gotta laugh when people who are absolute ignoramousis make ridiculas comments about what they know nothing about…..gotta be a metro lib-tard. Bounties on liberals and we wouldn’t have the problem to begin with!!

  17. Norge says:

    It always amazes me how the meto-liberal is always against any kind of population/density control of any wild animal…no matter what the danger they pose. Couple years ago they whined about killing racoons that were becoming aggressive and predatory, demanding that they be trapped and ‘re-located’ into ‘more rural enviorments’. So all you metro liberals sent your racoons out here, without testing or vaccination, and bingo within weeks there were rabies out breaks wherever they were re-located. Thanks to the liberal leadership of the press and DNR this whole fiasco was covered-up or was refused to be reported by the lame-stream media. Bottom line..the bleeding heart liberal green-weenie PETA crowd who is responsible for the creation of the problem by not having adequate controls in the metro, instead ‘export’ their problems and diseases to outstate, and place our rural farm kids and small-town children at risk. It it would have been my kid that was bitten by one of the rabid raccons, I would have been paying a up-close and personal visit to one of the liberal-wackos responsible, you continue to put our kids at risk over your reluctance to be responsible habitat managers, and you have no immunity to a severe and wee-deserved butt-kicking.

    1. TG says:

      Once you can catch one of those racoons and prove that it came from the metro and thats why they got rabies then you can try and track down who was responsible for relocating it.. You do know that racoon and other animals in rural areas have rabies and such too right? It doesn’t all come from the metro liberals.. This isn’t a political issue and thank you VERY much for trying to make it one.. This is an issue of accountability.. People let their pets out and don’t watch them, Then some coyote that is a natural preditor sees a “easy” meal.. If you don’t like it.. do a better job of protecting your pets. AND OR KILL THE COYOTE.. don’t try to push the blame somewhere else and have some one else manage your problems. I know a good handfull of “Conservatives” who don’t have a clue either and would much rather just send the pest elsewhere rather than take the responsability and solve the issue on their own..

      1. Norge says:

        They were caught/killed and they were banded when they were transferred, so check your facts before you get all liberal lippy.

        1. TG says:

          Really!! Come on.. There are way more that are not banded and are transfered than are.. Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is and go “fix’ the problem then? Or do you just like posting comments on line so you can act like you know everything and make it a political issue while your at it…

          What did the band say? Did it say, ” I was cought and transfered by a liberal DNR officer and put on your property because you are a conservative prick”?

          I’m not aware of many if any Pest removal companies that band the animals that they transfer.. if and when they actually transfer them.

          1. Norge says:

            Wrong againTG, all the coons transferred were banded for just those issues, the most accurate statement in all your posts has been “I’n not aware”, guess that sums it up best.

            1. TG says:

              I highly doubt that they would take an animal that showed symptoms of rabies and relocate it.. If they did, i’m sure based on your attituded that they will likely place as many as they can in and around your property.

    2. Citizen says:

      Norge, sounds to me like you got bitten by a rabid racoon! Calm down. Rabies outbreaks are episodic in nature as borne out by statistics readily available from the State of Minnesota. Like any viral epidemic, it waxes and wanes. Raccoons are noctural, so they are easily avoided.

      1. Norge says:

        Rabies do not occur unless there is a over-poplulation/density issue as borne out by the same facts, which you obviously just made-up. Rabid racoons are also NOT strictly nocturnal, which proves you are ignorant of what you speak, their brain is slowly frying, all natural behaviour patterns disslove. Which proves who has really been bitten….by the brainless-bug.

        1. Citizen says:

          Well, Norge, that overpopulation issue causing rabidity is probably the cause of your rants. Generally speaking, a raccoon seen in the daytime, looking unwell, is a cause for concern. Most cities have control plans in place since guns are not to be discharged inside city limits. Next time you get upset with a wandering racoon, call your city council member. Taxpayer dollars will be glad to help you out and public employees will catch the little nuisance for you. Wait, I bet you’re one of those people that wants to fire lots of public employees, too. Can’t have it all ways. Have someone do your dirty work for you, but don’t want to pay the bill. As a taxpayer, you will have to pay the bounties and the control issues.

          1. Norge says:

            Again you sidestep and deflect the issue with nonsense. 1.) There is no such thing as a ‘wandering racoon’, if you had a clue of which you speak you would know this. They like most critters who hunt and seek out food waste little if any precious energy just “wandering’. They have a purpose in mind whenever they leave their den/lair. 2.) Coons, ‘Yotes, possums, feral-cats, wild-dogs, doesn’t make any difference, the problem to be solved remains the same, getting them under control in a cost effective and efficient manner, and 3.) a bounty or reasonable size has always proved more cost effective the unionized public animal-control workers, who obviously aren’t up to the task anyway, ergo the problem. 4.) You gotta love the combination of liberal stupidity and freedom of speech, and they wonder why the election of 2010 and the coming election of 2012 will be celebrated. Simply because the internet allowed the liberal nation to truely demonstrate the fact that they really don’t have a clue about anything in the real world…I think I hear your bong calling.

            1. Citizen says:

              I’m glad you will like having your taxes increased to pay an unnecessary bounty. Norge. Next, you’ll probably want the state to subsidize your ammunition. And, when an animal is rabid or sick, it wanders because, as you so aptly pointed out, “their brain is frying.”

  18. Jack Felino says:

    Come on ! If coyotes are killing your pets- get a bigger pet ! Cats suck anyways.

    1. Norge says:

      Right on Jack, domestic cats kill more wild-life then all other predators combined, and while I would like to see a bounty on metro problem ‘yotes, i would like to see it mandatory that any licensed hunter be ‘required’ to kill any cat away from any building by more then 50yds. If they are that far away they are hunting…period, or maybe trying to breed…either way hunters should do the good deed.

      1. Stien says:


        Most hunters already live by this rule. Domestic cats out in the wild=big problem for wildlife.

  19. bubba136 says:

    What a dumb ass idea, where do you suppose all the coyotes turned in will come from?? out in the country since you cant discharge a gun in the city , so what good does a bounty do. Keep your animals under contrlo and you wont have a problem. We destroy the habitat and then wonder why we have a problem.

    1. Norge says:

      Metro ‘yotes can be trapped, but it takes skill and expertise, they can be taken by an experienced and skilled archer also. ‘Yotes don’t really have much difficutly adapting to any enviroment, you destroy their forest they will be back in your housing development as soon as a food source becomes apparent. “Dumb-ass idea” hope it is your kids, no point in continuing to pollute the human gene-pool with the stupid gene.

      1. Citizen says:

        By “yotes” are you referring to God’s Dog, the North American coyote? I hate to admit you’re right about the food source. Farmers should not just toss animals carcasses into their treelines for coyotes to find, and people should not leave garbage and food refuse lying around their property. And people need to protect their pets. Norge, have you looked into anger management? Your rants are way out of control for this discussion.

  20. Citizen says:

    I seem to remember the state getting rid of the gopher bounty a few years ago because the state did not want to spend the money. Now does the state have money for a coyote bounty? Hmmm…..

    1. Up North Chick says:

      If you had to stand and watch while the coyotes killed another animal that you raise as your livelihood, i think a lot of you people would think differently. It’s hard to see the real picture of whats happening from the window of your high rise apartment.

      I’m all for it. They are not beautiful majestic creatures you think they are when they are so overpopulated. They are scrawny mangy, stinkin, things that not only will kill pets and livestock but carry mites and disease.

      1. TG says:

        You don’t like the coyote killing the animal you raised I sugest you step out of your little miss priss house and shoot the thing rather than watch it kill the animal you raised… Take some ownership.. DOn’t sit back and wait for someone else to solve your problem. No one made you stand there and watch it.. You could ahve done something about it.

        There are a lot of people that are scrawny mangy stinkin things that not only kill but carry diseases also and we can’t put a bounty on them.. (Though I think we should)

        1. Up North Chick says:

          Trust me this home is very well armed and I manage just fine but there is a dairy farmer up the road who has had to sleep with his herd for the last month because he’s calving and losing money to coyotes and wolves like crazy. The man is almost 80 and has never seen the problem reach this level.

          I hate shooting coyotes on my land because I then have to scrape the darned things up. It is a dreadful job.

          The guys who run coyote dogs will be very happy about this.

        2. Citizen says:

          You go, TG! Up North Chick killed her animals by standing by and watching, just as much as the coyote was responding to its instincts to need to eat. Right now, I’m getting the impression that a lot of these posters won’t mind paying a tax increase to fund the coyote bounty, and the additional public employee staff needed to maintain that program. Geez!

          1. JJ says:

            “as the coyote was responding to its instincts to need to eat” you said many times in earlier post that the coyote is a scavenger…. doesn’t sound like scavenging to me….hmmm contradiction?

      2. uh huh says:

        up north chick…you didn’t have any ammo for your .22 er what?

  21. Upset says:

    So let me get this right we should cull some coyotes, deer bc they cause way more damage than any coyote ever did, and Norge bc she is probably a politician in disguise and they always need to be culled. I will pay the bounty for that one.

    1. Norge says:

      Are you on something? please re-read your post befoe hitting the submit button so it will make some sense. Norge is male for Norwegian, by the way smart-alec and no I’m not a politician and anytime you want to threaten me make your identity KNOWN, the cops will be the last thing you have to worry about, unlike you I solve my own problems, tell me your name and I’ll get you on the ‘to-do’ list.

      1. Norge says:

        My name is Norge, come take care of that problem. See you do have a problem, you were trapped and released but you still are a pest.

      2. TG says:

        Ahhh Baseless threats from an angry white middle class male..

        I love america!!

  22. Bill says:

    Time to clean my shot gun! It will be nice to make another couple coyote hats.

  23. Todd says:

    How about instead of the coyote population, we start leveling off the HUMAN population since its already OUT OF CONTROL!!!! We as humans have such big egos for our own species that we don’t see what we are doing to other species of this planet. Just because we “can” doesn’t mean we “should”. The human race is a virus on this earth and it sickens me that we think we can solve the “over population” of animals by killing them. What a bunch of BS…

    1. JB says:

      I can not agree anymore with this statement. lets stop passing laws that keep stupid people alive. We have for far too long defeating nature and it is time for us to stop that. Lets allow Nature to take her course with stupid people and the human population will naturally decrease. AS for the topic of this thread, if you all think these dirty, nasty, viscous creatures are so cute, please come out to NW hennepic ounty and go for a walk. First you will hear them as they chase down a baby deer and kill it with their yelping, then you will see the yellow/orange eyes, and they you will realize you are on their desert menu.

      1. Norge says:

        Sure use scare tactics. Are you talking about dogs killing a person for dessert? bc coyotes don’t kill people. Study the facts and wildlife ecology and stop watching Bambi, bc I will cry when I hear the muzzle report from one of the “saviors of humanity” killing a young coyote.

  24. Michael W says:

    Scientifically speaking, if you open a bounty on coyotes the ones you kill will only be the stupid ones. The alphas will then benefit from more food and resources. They will breed a much smarter and skilled generation of coyotes.
    It is much better to use deterrents, guard animals, and good fencing. We need to manage our money wiser; we simply do not have the funds as a state to do this. Besides who says you can’t just bring some carcasses of dead coyotes across state lines and collect our tax payer money?

    1. Citizen says:

      @Michael W. Very good points, Michael. I went to Andrew Falk’s website and sent him some e-mail pointedly stating that taxpayer funds were not necessary for his constituents to shoot coyotes that are bothering livestock–that the hunt should not be SUBSIDIZED, and that the bill would only commit taxpayer money needlessly. He doesn’t care. This bill is just about wanting money for his constituents paid for by the rest of Minnesota’s taxpayers as much as about pesky animal control.

  25. Linda Davis says:

    wow, lots of comments, many valid points. our daschund was attacked just yesterday @ 9:50 am, directly accross the street from Craig’s family that shot the video. they love our little dog Ruby, he may not have been aware, at the time of the interview, that she was at the pet hospital being treated for 6 puncture wounds.

  26. Citizen says:

    Sorry, Linda, but your Ruby looks like food to a hungry coyote. I hope Ruby will be fine. From the video, this looks like you and Craig live in prime coyote habitat. Good thing the coyotes aren’t banding together to kill in the humans who have moved into their territory! Whenever our homes and towns encroach on wildlife habitat, there will be confrontations.

    1. Stien says:

      Or when wild animals see easy food and move in. People kind of forget about that. Give the animals some credit, they are pretty smart! They move to the food source, they don’t wait for it to move to them.

  27. Linda says:

    she’s doing better today, thanks. yea, it appears that way probably because it’s a long 50 yr established neighborhood and the trees are full grown now. the truth is that we live 1 block off france & 1 block off crosstown.

  28. friend to all animals says:

    I think the bottom line is watch out for your pets…always

  29. Paul says:

    Coyotes are classed as a non-protected varmit species by the DNR. It is true that there are plenty of them down here in SW MN (Rock County). There is plenty for them to eat. They are already a popular species to hunt in this area. A bounty would certainly provide some incentive, but I don’t think the extra expense to the state is necessary. The varmit hunters will hunt them anyway as they are a challenging species to bag. The most fun I’ve had hunting coyotes is calling them in on a snowy full moon winter’s night. They are like ghosts.

    1. Stien says:

      Right on Paul! I do it for free! I like hiding out in the woods at night for a couple “cracks”. Bounty really means nothing. People won’t take up hunting these because of it.

  30. Citizen says:

    Exactly, Paul. Not a problem to be funded with taxpayer money.

  31. Michelle says:

    That our government is even considering this is just dumb. The government tried putting a bounty on coyotes years ago. They found it had no effect on the population, and it turned out to be too expensive. Doesn’t anyone remember that we have a budget deficit???
    Predators like coyotes and wolves are valuable to the ecosystem. They kill the sick, weak and old, keeping deer and moose populations healthy. I’m not against hunting, but hunters only want big, healthy animals.
    If coyotes are causing a problem with livestock, then eliminate those problem coyotes, but we can’t afford to be paying people bounties.

  32. Mike Puncochar says:

    Instead of trying a failed policy, such as bounties, why not encourage more people to wear fur? If more people wear fur the demand for coats, gloves, boats, trim, and etc… goes up. Which will lead to more individuals hunting and trapping because of the rising prices. All trappers and bird hunters should be buying there wife or husband some kind of fur garment. The higher fur demand will bring down predator numbers some, which will help nesting percentages of waterfowl and pheasants. As the population goes down you will see less and less Coyotes in suburbs because they will have enough food in their normal haunts. Where they are now being pushed out of more rural areas in search of food like Toto and Fluffy. There was a coyote attack of a California woman last year and I believe she even died. The coyote will become more and more bold if it’s stomach is empty.

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  34. Kaylor says:

    Many years ago they basically wiped out the coyotes in Idaho. Then they had to have rabbit roundups. That’s where they dig a trench, drive the rabbits into it and club them to death. That might have been part of what started PETA. Having lived with coyotes in Oregon’s high desert I can tell you coyotes do not hunt and kill anything that is bigger than them. I had German Shepherds at the time and the coyote trails went all around my place, but they didn’t cross the line. Currently My husband manages a cattle ranch in Michigan. There is a river that runs through the main pasture. The cattle can walk across and pasture on both sides of the river. There are coyotes along the river. We have seen them on neighboring property, but not on the ranch. Never lost a cow or a calf to a coyote. Leave the coyotes alone. They take care of all those little vermin that would soon overrun you and most likely an outbreak of parvo will come along and nearly wipe out the coyotes for you. Silly to even think of doing anything with them. A coyote over population is very short-lived. They either starve to death or get sick and die.

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