By Mike Koshmrl 

Wyoming's latest coyote-killing plan results from brutal 2022-'23 winter

State wildlife officials propose – and commissioners approve – a $200,000 bump in funding to kill coyotes from the air on deer fawning grounds.


February 1, 2024

Tim Mayo/WyoFile

A coyote scans the landscape on the cut bank above the Gros Ventre River on the road to Kelly.

Last winter killed most of western Wyoming's mule deer. 

That prompted calls to kill predators, and wildlife managers listened – even though there was little scientific support to prove it would work to bring deer back.

Because of speculation that mountain lions would hold the deer population low, more were targeted – and killed – in the regions where winter hit mule deer the hardest. 

There were outfitter calls to kill more black bears, too, though the Wyoming Game and Fish Department did not update its quotas to grant that request, citing the already heavy bear harvest. 

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