A friend and I are helping out a local sheep rancher. He's got a large pasture that's too much for his guard animals and with the lambs dropping he's taking a lot of losses from coyotes.
We ran the denning crew around and it's looking like most are commuting in. The traps went in last week. The big problem with that is the 5 guard dogs. There's scuttle holes and sign right up on the pasture, but catching a guard dog isn't high on the list so we have to work back.
I think we should have him squared away in a short while and he's listened to reason about this winter. I'd much rather be taking coyotes when the fur is prime. I'll hunt coyotes for free, ADC costs money. With those sheep, that place is going to be a magnet for them year round. Even with hunting he'll still need some protection, but not like it is without it.
This is the third call I've been on so far this year. The last two were dens. Real simple there. Minimum impact on the coyotes and maximum return. Since ADC has to be that's the way it should go.