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2-Plus Months of Hunting Season Nets Just 1 Coyote

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014  |  Updated 12:45 PM EDT
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2-Plus Months of Hunting Nets Just 1 Coyote

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 09: A nursing mother coyote limps through Griffith Park, the nation's largest urban park, after fleeing flames May 9, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. The pups were not seen. The Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Zoo, Travel Town, and various other park features were threatened but did not burn in the wildfire that broke out yesterday afternoon and forced nearby residents to evacuate their homes later that night. So far the fire has consumed 840 acres of brush and is 40 percent contained by firefighters. Five fires have broken out in the park, which is mostly native chaparral habitat open space, since December including one near the landmark Hollywood sign. Los Angeles is experiencing the driest rain season since records began in 1887. Two years ago, the city had its second-wettest winter. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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Wildlife officials say one coyote was killed during the two and a half month hunting season that ended on March 10.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said Monday that the lone harvested coyote was shot by a deer hunter in the Hockessin area. No trappers caught a coyote.

David Saveikis, director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, said the hunt indicates that there isn’t a large coyote population in Delaware.

“Having only one harvested coyote reported during the new coyote hunting and trapping seasons was a bit of a surprise,” Saveikis, director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, told the News Journal of Wilmington. “This sort of confirms that the population (in Delaware) is pretty small.”

The News Journal reports that the state legislature ordered DNREC to develop rules for a hunting season after farmers said the coyotes pose a threat to livestock.

A six-month season for hunting coyotes will begin Sept. 1.

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