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Coyote Catalog program back and running

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota agriculture and wildlife officials have reactivated an online database that connects landowners plagued by coyotes with hunters and trappers who can help take care of the problem.

Fifty-one landowners and 486 hunters used the Coyote Catalog online database last winter, in its first year. The state Agriculture Department and state Game and Fish Department have reactivated the program through next March.

Coyotes often prey on livestock, and officials estimate they cost North Dakota ranchers more than $1 million last year.

“Hunting and trapping are valuable tools in managing these predators,” state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said.

The database is patterned after a similar deer control program that has been around for a decade.

“We’ve had a lot of success matching deer hunters with landowners,” said Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand. “We hope the Coyote Catalog works out just as well.”

Some conservation groups disagree, saying killing coyotes is not the solution. They advocate other methods, such as using dogs or llamas to protect calves and lambs, or putting material on fences that flaps in the wind and scares off wild animals.

Landowners can sign up for the program at . Hunters and trappers can sign up at .