Rebuilding a TraditionComposed By: BlayreOuzts Ridding Our Area of an Invasive Species
Since 2006, coyotes have beensignificantly depleting the deerpopulation on our land each year.They are quick moving animalswho prey upon baby deer. In resultleaving less fawns that grow upand reproduce and causing themother deer to relocate and thebig bucks to follow. On an average hunting night weuse to see somewhere around 10to 15 deer each night.However, this number has droppedto only 1 deer and often none.
Avg. Deer Seen/DayNovember 10 In result, each year less hunters return to renew theirNovember 09 membership at our hunting club each year.November 08 Avg. Deer/Day This leaves us with minimalNovember funds to keep up the 07 facilities, as well as purchase the products necessary toNovember 06 attract the deer (Such as deer corn, feeders, and supplies 0 5 10 15 required to create and maintain a food plot).
What can we do? Possible Solutions 1. Shoot the coyotes when they come into the hunters line of sight.After brainstorming I came up with several 2. Purchase traps for thecourses of action we could take to coyotes, and once we catchminimize the coyote problem at hand. them turn them over to a local game warden. 3. Let nature take its course.
Possible References Blogs from people in South Carolina who are experiencing the same problem. Talk to local game warden. Look online for internet It is imperative I research each of articles of issues pertaining tothe three solutions I came up with coyotes depleting the deerand figure out the pros and cons to population. each of the three solutions. Book on the lifestyle of coyotes.
Difficulty with this Solution Coyotes are very fast animals that sleep during the day and come There is no restricted season out to eat after dark. This if you’re hunting the coyotes meaning the animals are rarely on private land. seen making them extremely difficult to kill. While night You do not have to obtain a hunting is permitted, it is very hunting license to shoot hard to find volunteers who will coyotes within a 100 yards of stay up half of the night hunting your land. down a coyote so they can kill it. It is a very difficult process that Night hunting is permitted requires great skill from someone however there are weapon who knows what they are doing. restrictions.http://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/coyote/index.html
Drawbacks to this Solution Trapping season is permitted Coyotes are smart animals and they from December 1 through will not go in a live trap. The only way March 1. to trap a coyote is to set up a leg hold trap. The drawback to this is the trap No license or permit is is hidden in the ground so it will also catch deer and other wildlife. These required to trap a coyote traps are very dangerous and must within a 100 yards of your be set by someone who knows what home. However, it is they are doing. In addition each trap cost about $30.00 so to purchase important to know trapped several of these traps could be rather coyotes may not be relocated. pricey. If coyotes cause damage to your property the SCDNR will issue a depredation permit.http://police.greenvillesc.gov/animal-control.aspx
This is a picture of a (closed) leg holdtrap. The trap is set on the ground, inthe woods, disguised under leaves. Thetrap is sensitive to pressure applied to asensitive lever. Once the animal stepson lever the trap instantly closes on itsleg stopping it in its tracks. Frominstinct animals try to escape the trapby pulling away from it often causingthem to loose a leg or bleed to death.The problem with these traps is deerare just as likely as coyotes to run in itspath.
Could this be Our Solution? Canine Parvovirus, most commonly known as parvo, isIn the beginning of fall 2011, we noticed a a viral disease that is deadlydecline in the amount of howling we heard at to dogs if they are notnight at our hunting land. We went and talkedto a local game warden, who informed us a vast vaccinated.majority of the coyotes died the past year aftercatching a deadly disease know as Parvo. It It is a rapidly developing virusspread rapidly amongst the wild dog decreasing that generally affects thetheir number on our hunting land by half. intestines, causing bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and often heart failure. It is spread through feces and http://y.wisegeek.com/what-is-parvo.htm highly contagious.
Of the three solutions I presented onlyone of them is the most viable, sensiblesolution. Shooting the coyotes wouldonly be a time consuming process thatwould give us minimal satisfaction dueto the difficult process that goes into The only solution thathunting the animal. proves to be a beneficial and productive method for depleting the coyoteTrapping coyotes is a route that could be population in our area, istaken. However, there is a MAJOR issue to let the coyotes bethat invalidates this method completely. eliminated by naturalThe problem with this potential solution causes. By letting natureis that the only trap that will capture a take its course, diseasecoyote is a leg hold trap and it is just as will be a major factor inlikely to catch the deer and other the decrease in survivalwildlife. This could seriously injure and rate of this predatoryeven kill the animals we are working so species.hard to protect.