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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-25-2014, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Survey Says! Coyote Harvest UP Again

Well, it happened yet again. Last year Coyote harvest grew higher still, setting a NEW RECORD of 40,956 Coyote. This persistent idea that “nothing more can be done” to control coyotes is not borne out in the data, it’s simply not true. Coyote harvest continues to climb.




According to PGC’s latest report (11101-13z.pdf), coyote harvest continued its 20+ year upward trend
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Five-year trends for harvests of furbearers indicate harvests have increased for raccoon and coyote,
The Bear population continued its climb too setting a NEW RECORD of 18,518 Bear.
23001-13z.pdf

And to round out the big-3 predators, Bobcats are still trending up. Incidental captures & releases went from 105 to 175.
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Bobcats.--The number of incidental bobcat captures, as estimated from the annual Furtaker Survey, has been steadily increasing since 1990. Greater than 500 incidental captures have been reported annually since 1995. The 3-year moving average of incidental captures has increased significantly during 1990-2013
Even Fishers were up too.
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We estimate that 1,257 fishers were captured and released by Pennsylvania trappers during the 2013-2014 season. The annual number of fisher observations and incidental captures reported to WCOs continued to trend upward since fishers were reintroduced in 1996
When will these species be stabilized? When will they be managed for balance?

At the other end of the spectrum, it’s no surprise that numerous game harvests declined.

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Harvests decreased for rabbit, grouse, squirrel, quail, snowshoe hare, and crow.
Over the past 5 years, harvests have significantly declined (P < 0.05) for rabbit and grouse,
Call me a cynic, but what is wrong with the big picture, folks? Why is every predator increasing and every valuable prey species declining? Why are trees being managed for so-called desirable species, while wildlife is being managed for non-desirable species?

Why are predators being allowed to increase in density and spread to every corner of the state while game plummets? When will the forest be managed to restore a healthy % of young forest on SGL to bring game populations back?

When will habitat and our wildlife resources be managed so that GAME animals can rebound to continue the supply of funds for wildlife management?

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Re: Survey Says! Coyote Harvest UP Again

How many coyotes have you killed this year Grundsow?
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Obviously the prey species are doing well enough to support the increases in predators.

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Re: Survey Says! Coyote Harvest UP Again

It's my understanding that it's open season on coyotes for almost the entire year. What else do you want the game commission to do?
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Re: Survey Says! Coyote Harvest UP Again

Didnt I just read somewhere that harvesting coyotes effectively does nothing to the population?

What I say might not be the popular trend but at least Im not afraid to speak my mind!
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Harvesting coyotes does manage the population, look at the graph of where the population would be with only a 15% harvest rate compared to a 50% harvest rate.
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Didnt I just read somewhere that harvesting coyotes effectively does nothing to the population?
yes, the more you shoot, the more they reproduce, so in actually these hunts are doing the opposite in many areas according to science
Fact of the matter is, food dictates populations of predators. Deer, well, in SOME areas there is low food or higher than sustainable harvest, both of which need fixed to bring things back to acceptable levels for the sport. I'm content with where we are with all populations in my area.

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It's my understanding that it's open season on coyotes for almost the entire year. What else do you want the game commission to do?
#1 Spring trapping (via Coyote-MAP for specific properties, or “bonus” spring-furtaker licenses, etc)
#2 Semi-auto’s
#3 Bounty system

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Didnt I just read somewhere that harvesting coyotes effectively does nothing to the population?
yes, the more you shoot, the more they reproduce, so in actually these hunts are doing the opposite in many areas according to science
Fact of the matter is, food dictates populations of predators. Deer, well, in SOME areas there is low food or higher than sustainable harvest, both of which need fixed to bring things back to acceptable levels for the sport. I'm content with where we are with all populations in my area.
I agree to a point but you can also look at it as the hunter is the predator and the coyote is the prey. Just as coyote/gary alt (predator) can reduce the population of deer (the prey), the hunter/trapper (predator) can also reduce the population of the coyote (prey).

The fact that nearly every major predator was nearly wiped out in PA a century ago shows that population control is achievable.
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Didnt I just read somewhere that harvesting coyotes effectively does nothing to the population?
yes, the more you shoot, the more they reproduce....
That is misleading in that it makes it sound like..."OH well, losing cause, may as not doing anything." Science also has pretty good evidence that the ones we harvest, no longer eat or reproduce. That has the ability to knock the species on their heals for a period. I vote knock them on their heals and let them deal with reproducing.
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