Commission Prohibits Live Coyote Sales in Indiana

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Commission prohibits live coyote salesPORTAGE – Coyotes taken outside the regulated trapping and hunting seasons can no longer be sold live as a result of an administrative rule change unanimously adopted by the Indiana Natural Resources Commission on Tuesday.

The administrative change clarifies gray area that was being interpreted by some to allow live coyotes that were legally trapped in Indiana to be sold across state lines for the purpose of being used to train hunting dogs in penned facilities.

The decision, which requires approval of the attorney general and Gov. Mitch Daniels, came at the bimonthly meeting of the NRC, which has rule-making authority over the Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR is authorized by the state legislature to set season dates and bag limits for hunting, trapping and fishing. The coyote hunting and trapping season is Oct. 15 through March 15. A separate state law allows landowners to take coyotes at any time on the land they own, or provide written permission for others to take coyotes on that land.

The revision approved Tuesday clarifies that coyotes taken outside the trapping and hunting seasons must be euthanized within 24 hours but will allow the sale of hides and parts.

Ohio and Kentucky asked the DNR to stop the live trade market to avoid diseases from native Indiana coyotes being spread to other states. Also, the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies recently passed a resolution opposing the practice.

The Indiana commission gave preliminary approval to the amended rule in September. The DNR began accepting public comments in November and received 1,900 comments and more than 1,000 signatures on competing petitions.

In other matters, the commission approved the appointment of Bradley D. Schneck as property manager at Jackson-Washington State Forest/Starve Hollow State Recreation Area, and voted to name a portion of the Grand Kankakee Marsh restoration project after long-time project chair Dick Blythe.