Coyote Predation on the Decline in Virginia

January 12, 2016 01:58 PM

Fewer farmers in Virginia reported losing livestock to coyotes in fiscal year 2015.

The Winchester Star reports during the past year, farms lost 218 sheep and 60 calves — a 24 percent decrease in sheep losses and a 24 percent decrease in calf losses.

Chad Fox, district supervisor for Wildlife Services with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Christiansburg, says no farms in Frederick or Clarke counties reported coyote predation during that period.

Fox says the USDA's program to help prevent coyote predation was funded in 1990 after the animals became a problem in the mid-1980s.

To prevent further issues, Fox's department recommends better fencing, moving livestock to different pastures and keeping them closer to human habitation. He says farmers should also guard animals such as dogs and donkeys.

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