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Coyote problem forces hunting

The wild animals, known as livestock killers, are also eating into farm crops, especially watermelons, local agriculture officials said. The problem is so bad that the N.C. Wildlife Commission recently authorized nighttime hunting.

“Coyotes have been killing farmers’ calves, goats and sheep; but recently I have heard growers claim that they are eating produce,” said Melissa Huffman, an agent with the N.C. State University’s Cooperative Extension in Onslow County.

At Jack Holland’s farm on Deppe Road in the Maysville area, a pack of coyotes has eaten $1,000 worth of watermelons in the past two weeks, as many as 20 melons in one night.

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