Washington State, like many others, has many tools available to help manage wildlife populations including hunting, promoting wildlife habitat by working with landowners, and monitoring predator-prey interactions. One tool that is occasionally use to help stem large predator populations is the issuance of a temporary hunting permit on a virulent species, like coyotes. Creating special 60-day hunts allow hunters to remove excess coyotes prior or during the spring fawn season, a time when whitetail deer and other ungulate populations can often be decimated by agressive depredation.
Please let the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission know you support the use of this tool and want to see ungulate populations remain healthy and thriving. Save our fawns!
Dear Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission,
I am writing to thank the commission for considering issues related to the health and vitality of wildlife populations in Washington. Keeping our ungulate populations of Whitetail deer, Elk and Moose is a challenge as changes in the weather, habitat and predation can vary from year to year. That's why I believe WDFW needs a variety of tools available to help manage wildlife populations, including the issuance of special hunt permits like those issued for coyote hunts. These limited permits allow hunters to prevent excess predation that can damage the vitality of deer populations when the coyotes feed on fawns.
I support the continuance of this neccesary and beneficial tool and thank you for retaining it as an option for wildlife management.