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Game and Fish says ND coyote population up

DICKINSON, N.D.

DICKINSON, N.D. -- The number of coyotes roaming North Dakota is up from last year, and although that might be exciting news for hunters, it's bad news for livestock producers.

North Dakota Game and Fish Furbearer Biologist Stephanie Tucker tells the Dickinson Press that it's nearly impossible to track each individual animal, so information on the furbearers is collected using trend data.

Tucker says the numbers are above the 10-year average in all four regions surveyed.

He says other animal populations have declined in the past few years because of the harsh winters, but coyotes have been able to thrive.

Phil Mastrangelo, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services division in North Dakota, says he has noticed a slight increase in the number of calls for coyotes killing livestock.

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Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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