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High Powered Rifles Allowed in Louisa to Shoot Coyotes

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Louisa County Supervisors are trying to tackle a growing problem affecting farmers there. The coyote population is getting out of control. Coyotes are classified as a nuisance animal by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

County supervisors voted this week to allow farmers to use high powered rifles to shoot them down. The unanimous vote to amend the hunting ordinance allows people to use rifles larger than point 22 caliber to shoot coyotes and groundhogs outside the general deer firearms season.

Supervisors say it's in the county's best interest to control them, but one wildlife expert says coyotes have been a problem for years and will continue to be, despite this law change.

Ed Clark, of the Wildlife Center of Virginia said, "So they're here. There's nothing we're going to be able to do about it. We are not going to get rid of them, so people that fantasize about shooting them all, they're just pretty well deluting themselves."

According to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, coyotes pose a threat to sheep and other livestock, as well as to smaller animals including dogs and cats.

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