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Additional coyote meetings set in Halifax County

Two more coyote seminars have been scheduled for later this month in the northern and southern communities of Halifax County to educate area farmers, landowners, homeowners and outdoor recreationists about the increasing population of coyotes in the county.

On Thursday, Aug. 16, a seminar will be held at North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department on Leda Grove Road in Nathalie, and another is set for Thursday, Aug. 30, at Cluster Springs Volunteer Fire Department on Black Walnut Church Road in Cluster Springs.

Both sessions will begin at 7 p.m., and participants only need to attend one, according to Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent Jason Fisher.

No fee is charged to attend these seminars, but donations to the respective fire departments are welcome, Fisher said.

Experts will share solutions and the facts to living with and without the elusive coyote in the county.

Hosted by Virginia Cooperative Extension in cooperation with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and USDA Wildlife Services department, topics for the seminars include impacts to wildlife and agriculture, an update on the Virginia Research Project, bounties, hunting options for the coyote and an expert panel discussion.

Over 60 concerned citizens attended a similar seminar held in June at the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department to learn more about coyotes’ impact to wildlife and agriculture.

Coyotes are about the size of a medium-sized dog with thick and long hair that varies from blonde, a light reddish-brown grayish black or black. Coyotes are typically seen at dusk but can be spotted any time of the day. Their habitats change depending on where they can find food, according to Fisher. 

Homeowners can take precautions to prevent coyotes by removing access to unnatural food resources. Do not leave an abundance of pet food outside. Leave enough food for your pet to eat in a short period of time. 

Secure all lids and cans to outside trashcans.

A recently reinstated modified bounty program in the county requires landowners, homeowners, trappers and hunters to become certified by training before collecting a bounty.

Individual bounties of $25 will be paid for coyotes killed in designated areas with the county paying $7.50, the Ward Burton Foundation paying $7.50 and the landowner paying $10 for each coyote killed.

According to law, coyotes may be killed at anytime except coyotes may not be killed with a gun, firearm or other weapon on Sunday.