Editorial: A lottery to kill coyotes

State wildlife officials and wildlife advocates oppose bounties on coyotes because records show they just don’t work — in fact, just the opposite. One state wildlife official told the Northern Virginia Daily that when threatened, coyotes will just increase their litter size.

Shenandoah County does not offer a bounty on coyotes, but Warren County does. It has paid several thousand dollars of taxpayer money to residents who have killed coyotes over the past 15 years.

Now there is an effort underway in Shenandoah County to launch a private lottery to kill coyotes for prizes.

Coyotes are listed as a nuisance animal in Virginia, and as such it is legal to kill them. So why is a bounty or a private killing contest needed when landowners can shoot the coyotes, and wildlife experts say killing them has no real impact on their population?

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