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.”
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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.