National Affairs: Coyote Hunt

In the empty, rolling sand hills of northwest Nebraska, where most roads are simply twin ruts and a 10,000-acre ranch is small, some cattlemen hunt down predatory coyotes with their airplanes. When a 32-year-old ranch hand named Elaine Ellis ran wild with a shotgun and a revolver one night last week, he got the same treatment.

Ellis struck first at midnight. He drove his sedan to the George Mensinger ranch near Merriman on the Niobrara River, got out, walked to the house and hammered on the door. When Mensinger opened it, Ellis killed him with a shotgun blast, pumped out three more...

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