DL -- And now for the merits of your comments that coyotes are "out of control," "vicious," and "difficult to kill". I lived in the country too -- and there are plenty of ways to deal with coyote predation without torturing the animals. Ranchers can get paid market value for stock killed by depredating coyotes. Coyotes are particularly vicious predators... they usually wait to eat their quarry until it is dead. Heck, coyotes scare easily if you keep a few llamas around. And saying they are "difficult to kill" is a stretch. Yeah, you could kill a cow easier than a coyote, but Wildlife Services doesn't seem to find the task to be very hard. WS killed nearly 85,000 coyotes last year by trapping them, poisoning them, and shooting them. Let's hope tearing them apart with dogs isn't a new method WS is sanctioning.
DL -- There is a huge disconnect between your comments and that which has made people so angry here. Even accepting that they are "out of control," "vicious," and "difficult to kill" (which I don't, but will do so for sake of this response to your short-sighted comment), Mr. Olson clearly allowed his dogs to torment and tear a coyote apart while stuck in a trap (the pictures included in other news stories are even more gruesome). That's cruel and unacceptable behavior. If he did this on personal time as he says, he should be charged with animal cruelty, and with violating Wyoming's trapping law (which requires immediate disposal of trapped animals, even for animals classified as "predatory" like coyotes). And Wildlife Services should fire him. WS guideline require agents to immediately and humanely euthanize trapped animals. Even if he didn't do this while on the job (which is debatable, since the pics were in a folder labeled "work"), he has no business being a govt agent if acts like this.
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