Wildlife officials say more than 7,000 coyote bounties claimed in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Coyote hunters killed more than 7,000 coyotes in 2013 as part of the Mule Deer Preservation Act, which is a drop of more than 100 compared to the previous year’s numbers.

The Mule Deer Preservation Act was enacted first in 2012 and offers a $50 bounty for each coyote that hunters turn into the Division Wildlife Resources.

It’s part of an effort to boost the mule deer population in Utah and protect livestock. Last week, the DWR released the numbers from the second year of the program. According to the report, 7,041 coyote bounties were claimed in Utah in 2013, which amounts to a total of about $352,000 in bounties.

Officials said it twill take another two or three years to determine the full effectiveness of the program. See the video above for more comments from wildlife officials regarding deer and coyote populations in Utah.

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