BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota's state agriculture and wildlife departments have launched the third year of a program that connects landowners plagued by coyotes with hunters and trappers who can take care of the problem.
Interest in the Coyote Catalog program took a big jump from the first year to the second, with the number of landowners seeking help increasing from 51 to 74 and the number of hunters and trappers signing up jumping from about 500 to nearly 900. Officials expect interest to stabilize this year.
Surveys indicate the coyote population has been increasing in recent years. The Agriculture Department estimates that ranchers last year lost more than $1 million worth of livestock to the predators.
The Coyote Catalog program was activated Monday and will remain active through the end of March.
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