The Legislature’s program to control the coyote population doesn’t seem well thought out (“S.C. launches program to shoot coyotes,” Oct. 31). All hunters I know already shoot coyotes on sight, because they are well aware of the problems they cause in the environment.
Why would you release predators back into the ecosystem knowing the damage they do? This is like releasing feral cats back in the ecosystem knowing the damage they cause to birds and small animals.
Because of the small chance of killing one of the 16 tagged coyotes, I wonder if these prized coyotes will be released on public lands or national forests where all S.C. hunters will have a chance to shoot one, or on private property where only a privileged few will reap the rewards.