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Registration opens for new Utah predator control program

From Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

-- Registration began July 1 for Utah hunters to participate in the Predator Control Program, and receive compensation for taking coyotes.

To help the state's deer herds the most, John Shivik, DWR mammals coordinator, encourages hunters to wait until December to start taking coyotes.

Mule deer fawns are among the animals coyotes prey on. To give deer fawns the greatest protection, coyotes need to be taken during certain times of the year and in certain locations.

"Dec. 1 until the end of June is the best time to remove coyotes,"  according to  Shivik.  "Coyotes mate during the winter. To have the greatest effect on the coyote population, coyotes need to be removed after pair bonds and territories have been established and before pups are raised."

Where coyotes are taken is also important.

"The best place to take coyotes is on or near areas where deer fawns are raised," Shivik says. "Taking coyotes in these areas reduces the chance that fawns will be killed by coyotes."

The Predator Control Program is part of the Mule Deer Protection Act. The Utah Legislature passed the act during its 2012 session.

Complete information about the program aimed to reduce coyote populations to benefit mule deer can be found online at http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/hunting/hunting-information/762.

Hunters registered in the program can start taking coyotes beginning July 1. However, compensation will not be issued until after Sept. 1. There is no cost to register, and program participants receive $50 for every coyote taken under the rules of the program.

Online registration and training forms are available at wildlife.utah.gov/predators.

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