A landowner in the Western part of the state is worried her property is turning into a highway for coyotes, and she is turning to a state program to deal with the issue and her concerns.
Tina and Al Renner are ranchers in Beach, North Dakota, and they said every night they can hear coyotes yipping and howling across the canyons at night.
“We have seen the deer carcasses out on the prairie here, when we have gone out to check the cows. . . so we know the coyotes are moving through,” said Tina Renner.
The couple who has owned their land for twenty years is worried that once the coyotes get through the deer population they will come after their livestock.
Yes. . . they can crawl right through them (gates to cattle), and we have seen tracks (coyote tracks)in the snow when we have had snow,” said Tina Renner.
The Renner’s have 2,000 acres and most of it is tall, brown, rough grass which is great camouflage, if you are a coyote.
“They stand like statues when they know they have been seen by you. . . and unless they move you could glance right over them, ” said Tina Renner.
To address the issue, the Renner’s have registered on the Coyote Catalog site for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to get some hunters or trappers on their land.
“If landowners would apply to us ( ND Dept. Ag) and sportsman would apply to North Dakota Game and Fish. . . we could match them up in the areas they wanted to hunt or trap in,” said Doug Goehring, ND Agriculture Commissioner.
Stephanie Tucker of ND Game and Fish said its a useful tool for landowners and hunters.
“Some land owner might not have the desire or ability to do that type of hunting, and some hunters do have the desire and ability”.
Tucker said coyote’s are valuable to hunters for their fur, and they are a tough animal to catch.
Renner who has participated in the program for the last three years said she has noticed what difficulties the animal poses to hunters.
“I don’t know if the wind was in the right direction and they smelled him(hunter), but he couldn’t get them (coyotes) to commit.”
This year,she hope the hunters have better luck on their land.
“Every calf that is lost is a dollar taken out my pocket,and we have many bills that need to be met: feed bills, hay bills, gas bills,” said Tina Renner.
According to Game and Fish more than 600 hunters and nearly 30 landowners participated in the program last year, and this year more than 200 hunters have registered, along with a dozen landowners.
The Coyote Catalog will remain active through March 31, 2019.
Tucker said landowners who are experiencing coyote depredation of livestock should first contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services.