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68 Drake L. Rev. 417 (2020)
Coyote Control in the United States: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back in Nuisance Abatement

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  COYOTE CONTROL IN THE UNITED STATES:
  ONE STEP FORWARD AND TWO STEPS BACK
              IN  NUISANCE ABATEMENT


                             ABSTRACT
     Coyotes have been the targets of contempt since westward-bound pioneers
began spotting them in the nineteenth century. As part of the taming of the Wild
West, coyotes and all other predators were hunted, trapped, and poisoned to make
way for domestic livestock. While the larger canine-the wolf-was brought to
near extinction by these predator-control efforts in the early twentieth century, the
coyote remained a persistent resident of the landscape.
     Individuals, state governments, and the federal government have all tried to
eradicate coyotes using a variety of policies and technologies. All of these efforts
have largely failed, and the coyote population is now more widespread and
abundant than ever. Modern science shows why these policies failed and why they
were never good practice in the first place. This Note examines the ecologic
impacts of the coyote and the history of their treatment in the United States. With
a better understanding of coyotes' role in our ecosystems and their current status
as pests in most states, this Note argues that wildlife policies should be reformed
to reflect the ecological reality while still preserving the sport of coyote hunting for
future generations to enjoy.

                        TABLE  OF CONTENTS
   I. Introduction ...........................................................................................418
   II. Coyotes' Impact on Ecosystems ..........................................................420
      A.  Coyotes' Spot in the Food Chain .................................................420
      B. D iet and H unting H abits...............................................................421
          1. Coyotes as Rodent-Population Managers.............................421
          2. Coyotes as Deer-Population Managers .................................423
          3. Coyote Predation on Livestock ..............................................424
 III. The Consistent Failures of Coyote-Control Efforts..........................427
      A. State-Subsidized Coyote Control.................................................427
          1. The Kansas Example ...............................................................428
          2. The Montana Example ............................................................429
          3. Modern State Coyote Policies ................................................430
      B. The Federal Government's Losing Fight Against Coyotes ......432
         1. The Beginning of Federal Coyote-Control Efforts..............432
         2. Modern  Federal Coyote-Control Policy................................433
      C. Why  the Wily Coyote Refuses to Go Away ...............................434


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