Coyote Ugly

The Sacramento Bee reported on a different sort of failure of government: in this case, too much government. For 80 years, as a subsidy to western ranchers and other private interests, the federal government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars operating a ruthless and indiscriminate wildlife-killing program, which is now euphemistically called Wildlife Services. Today’s story by Tom Knudson, the second installment of three parts, recounts how the agency is slaughtering coyotes to boost big-game populations for hunters in Nevada. Ironically, the predator-killing is not doing much to help raise deer numbers, but it’s doing a very good job of boosting populations of rodents and other small mammals injurious to agriculture.

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