The number of livestock taken by coyotes is down in Virginia.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's wildlife services division says the state saw a 24 percent decrease in the recorded number of sheep killed from July 2014 to June 2015. A similar decline was recorded in the number of calves taken by the predator.
The federal report lists 218 sheep, 60 calves and 24 goats as verified coyote kills on 191 Virginia farms in the 2015 fiscal year. Wildlife Services said more than 500 coyotes were removed from farms that reported problems with the predator.
The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation credits the decline in livestock kills to more funding for a program aimed at reducing farm losses from coyotes.