Although county officials have not received any reports of livestock being killed by coyotes recently, Scott County Extension Agent Scott Jerrell says it is just a matter of time before the predator makes its presence known, again. The Scott County Board of Supervisors
enacted a coyote bounty in 2000 to help landowners after thousands of dollars in livestock were destroyed by coyotes.
"We know from experience that coyotes are not the easiest things in the world to kill," said Jerrell
."With our sheep population on the rise in the county, it would not surprise me to see the coyote population to grow with it.It's inevitable."
The sheep population was one of the driving factors behind the 2000 coyote bounty, where the county paid individuals $50 per pelt brought in to the Scott County Landfill.
estimates the current sheep population to be about 1,200.
The latest concern about coyote control stems from a line-item reduction from the state budget by Gov.
We could be looking at enacting extermination measures on a local level, which would have the farmer killing the coyotes themselves," said Jerrell