Georgia DNR holding Coyote Challenge
By: Georgia Farm Bureau
3/8/2017 11:01:03 AM
In order to encourage hunting coyotes from March to August, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division announced the Georgia Coyote Challenge. Each coyote killed, up to five (5) a month per hunter/trapper, will earn an entry into a monthly drawing for a lifetime license (or equal credit for purchase of hunting/fishing licenses).
According to the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), coyotes can cause damage to a variety of farm assets, particularly to livestock and poultry. According to estimates provided by the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, the statewide population could range between 20,000 and 25,000, with greater population density in the coastal plain region of the state.
The coyote is a non-native predator that can be found in every county in Georgia and has the unique ability to live in a variety of habitats. Trapping and/or hunting are legal and recommended methods for managing coyotes. There is no closed season for their harvest.
Participants may bring a coyote carcass to any of the following Wildlife Resources Division offices (locations and addresses are available online at http://bit.ly/coyotechallenge), Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays: Game Management Region offices; Riverbend WMA office; Waycross Fisheries Management office; Demeries Creek Fisheries Management office; Richmond Hill Hatchery office. Participants can submit up to five coyotes for five entries in the contest in a single month and must be present when the coyote is submitted. Coyotes must have been killed between the first and last days of the submission month. Road-kills, spoiled carcasses and live coyotes are not eligible.
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