The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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November 19, 2013

State lawmaker proposes bounty on coyotes

STROUDSBURG — A northeastern Pennsylvania lawmaker is proposing a $25 bounty on coyotes to deal with what he calls a region that has become “infested” with the animals.

Rep. Mike Peifer, R-Monroe/Pike counties, has introduced legislation to allow the state game commission to offer the bounty.

State law already allows year-round coyote hunting, and Peifer says he wants to give hunters an incentive to bag the animals, which he said are preying on everything from house cats to deer.

He says the measure wouldn’t require the commission to implement the bounty but would allow it to do so where the animals are a problem.

The game commission, however, questions how effective such a bounty would be, saying decades-long coyote bounties in western states had little effect.

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