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Pa. house passes bill authorizing coyote bounty

Pennsylvania offering $25 bounty on coyotes.
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The state House on Wednesday passed a bill authorizing the Pennsylvania Game Commission to set a bounty on coyotes.

The bill, approved by a vote of 111-78, would establish a “coyote incentive program” by offering $25 for coyotes killed in the commonwealth. It’s the first such bounty offered on a wild animal in 50 years.

Bill sponsor Rep. Michael Peifer (R., Pike), said anecdotal evidence in Northeastern Pennsylvania suggests a rise in population and nuisance complaints. There is already an open season on coyotes with more than 41,000 killed by hunters last year, an increase of 15 percent over the previous decade.

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