AMERICAN NOTES: Howling Abouf Coyotes

For generations Western sheepmen have reserved their deepest wrath for the coyote (Canis latrans), a wily cousin of the wolf with a healthy appetite for mice, rabbits and, according to the wool growers, lambs. Since 1972, when the Environmental Protection Agency flatly banned the most effective coyote poisons — Compound 1080 (monofluoride acetate) and the M44 (a spring-loaded tube containing sodium cyanide)—sheepmen have been howling loudly. They claim that a burgeoning coyote population is threatening their already risky business (which operates on a 2% profit margin) with ruin. They have begun...

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