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P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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County hikes coyote bounty

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Bagging a coyote in Franklin County will bring a higher bounty now.

The board of supervisors recently gave final approval of a move to increase the bounty for a coyote from the current $25 to $35.

In October, the board sent the proposal to a public hearing, which was held recently.

No one opposed the move so the increase goes forward this year.

Coyotes have been a problem for many years but an uptick in their activities prompted the bounty increase, county officials said. The animals often travel and packs and present a danger to livestock.

To qualify for a bounty the carcass of the coyote must be presented to the animal control officer with the proper identification of the person who made the kill and an application must be completed.

Anyone who makes a claim is responsible for the lawful disposal of the carcass.

The board appropriated an additional $2,500 for the current fiscal year for the bounty.

Franklin County began offering a bounty on coyotes in March 2007 after several farmers complained about losses of livestock to the predators.

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