Magazine article Insight on the News

Wily Coyotes Can't Outrun -- or Outgun -- Congress

Magazine article Insight on the News

Wily Coyotes Can't Outrun -- or Outgun -- Congress

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Why pay the Orkin man for tackling your stubborn pest-control problems when you have a wealthy uncle -- your Uncle Sam, that is -- with years of experience in various kinds of extermination who seems more than happy to do the job for next to nada?

For the same reason, it turns out, that people climb Mount Everest -- simply because it's there.

Killing coyotes and other pests and predators that often plague Western ranchers is too important a task to be entrusted to mere amateurs, a majority in the U.S. House recently affirmed, which beat back an effort to cut funding for a $30 million federal program that takes all the trouble and costs out of removing such nuisances the old-fashioned way -- by blastin' dem dar varmints to kingdom come, fi la Yosemite Sam -- and instead leaves the dirty work to Uncle Sam: more specifically, to hired guns from the Department of Agriculture's innocuously titled wildlife-services program.

Rep. Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat, recently tried to cut $7 million from the program, which he calls a waste of money and a freebie for ranchers. DeFazio believes ranchers should handle their own pest-control problems. …

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