As winter wanes, Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has yet to spend half of the $100,000 allocated by the legislature and governor to coyote control. And the project remains very expensive.
$241.25. That’s what each dead coyote has cost the agency. The latest report from John Pratte, Wildlife Management Section Supervisor, says that $47,282 has been paid to 46 hunters and trappers, resulting in 196 coyotes killed. Twenty-one volunteers in the program have done better, killing 261 coyotes.