Angry Shepherds Gun Down Coyote
COBURG, Ore. (AP) _ Farmers and shepherds, angered by coyotes killing at least 40 of their sheep, hunted with guns, dogs, pickup trucks and an airplane but found and killed only one of the predators, a hunt organizer said.
″I expected we would get more than one,″ said Cleve Dumdi of Junction City, adding that coyotes in recent weeks have killed 10 of his lambs, valued at $65 apiece, and several ewes.
Although concerns were raised that the hunt violated state or federal law, Dave McMullen, special agent for the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement division in Portland, said Friday his agency’s initial finding was that the roundup was legal.
Bill Kosesan, assistant director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture in Salem, said the state was checking into the matter.
Dumdi said the lone coyote was slain Thursday in the second of two forays that the hunters made into an eight-square-mile area north of Coburg.
Russell Hayworth of Harrisburg, in a small plane, made repeated low passes over the fields while the armed hunters stalked their quarry with dogs or in pickup trucks.
Dumdi said problems with coyotes have increased yearly since 1982, when Lane County withdrew from a program that hired professional trappers to catch the animal