I had heard that the coyote problem was bad in Northern Maine, but a “hunting tournament”?! Here is a link to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network story on the tournament sponsored — now get this — by a Chamber of Commerce.
There are ways to deal with the overpopulation, but this should not be it.
I know, I know, I know. The coyote population has been growing in recent decades and are partially to blame for the lower deer population. And deer hunting is very important on many levels — it draws in hunter-tourist dollars and deer killed by locals is used to feed families through the winter.
But this is not the way to do it.
The state must consider regulating a relocation program or a licensed kill program.
But not a “tournament.” That is a tiny bit too festive when a life — any life — is being taken.