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Coyote Hunting Spurs Debate Over Ethics And Ecology

A coyote walks in snowy wooded area.
Coyotes are one of the few mammals that can be hunted year-round in Vermont. We're talking about the debate over coyote hunting in the state.

Debate keeps raging over coyote hunting in Vermont — both about the ethics and the impact on the local ecosystem.

Is it fair to have year-round open season on coyotes? Does hunting affect the coyote population? And do coyotes affect the deer population? We're talking about the regulations, the science and the controversy around coyote hunting.

We're joined by Todd Baldwin, organizer of the Wile E. Coyote Hunt 2017; Louis Porter, commissioner of the Fish and Wildlife department; Melissa Hoffman, a farmer and member of the Vermont Coyote Coexistence Coalition, and Rep. David Deen, a Democrat representing Windham County's 4th district in the state legislature.

Update 1:25 p.m.  During the show, we read part of a comment from a listener who wrote that Stowe resident Bambi Freeman "lost more than a dozen sheep in one single night" to coyotes 25 years ago. After the show, Ms. Freeman called us to say that she has never lost any sheep to coyotes, and in the instance that was being referred to, she believes that her neighbors' sheep were killed by domestic dogs.

Broadcast live on Monday, February 13 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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