To the editor:
Coyotes, greatly revered by Navajo herders, who called them "God's dog," are tragically the most persecuted predator in Pennsylvania. Rep. Mike Peifer, R-139, introduced HB 1534 that will pay hunters and trappers a $25 bounty fee for each coyote killed. State laws currently allows hunters to kill an unlimited number of coyotes year round. This bill has passed the House and needs to get through the Senate.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission creates the overpopulation of deer and coyotes through their wildlife management propagation programs, and others. They deal in hypocrisy, as they say they need hunters to kill the deer to manage the deer population, because there are no predators, and then they want to decimate the coyote population, which is a deer predator, because they are killing deer, and the coyotes which are deer predators. They don't want coyotes around, so there will be more deer for hunters to kill.
It is urgent to contact your state senator and Gov. Corbett's office, and ask them to vote no on any coyote bounty related bill.
It is pointless to continue to torture and kill coyotes, and they will always rebound, as nature has a way of taking care of the situation. They are the true natural great predators who instinctively balance the ecosystems and should be respected, not slaughtered.