(03/19/2013)
Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick believes is looking for a solution to West Virginia's coyote problem. Helmick wants to establish a bounty system to encourage hunters to kill the critters.

He said coyotes are the state's biggest predator problem. They are in all 55 counties and pose a threat to both farm animals and domestic pets.

Helmick's Plan: Coyotes would be trapped and their ears would be marked with an identifying number. They would then be released. Hunters who kill a coyote marked with a number would receive a bounty.

Helmick said hunters would likely kill about two dozen coyotes in an attempt to bag one with an identifying number.

He said details of the plan are being worked out.


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