SALT LAKE CITY (AP) —The reward for killing a coyote in Utah will more than double though a law Gov. Gary Herbert has signed.
Herbert signed Senate bill 245 during a ceremony at an archery shop in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
Republican bill sponsor Sen. Ralph Okerlund of Monroe says the current $20 bounty on coyotes will become $50 with the signing of the bill.
Okerlund says coyotes present a serious threat to mule deer as well as livestock.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources mammals coordinator John Shivik says coyotes can cause problems but a bounty is inefficient for protecting wildlife.
The Utah Humane Society opposed the proposal because they say a bounty encourages the needless killing of coyotes and traps could threaten house pets