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Coyote hunt attracts protestors: Contest proceeds with limited success

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Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By John S. McCright



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BRISTOL RESIDENT HOLLY Tippett of Vermont Coyote Coexistence Coalition speaks to a group of as many as 75 people who came to the Bristol green on Saturday to protest a hunting contest that takes advantage of Vermont’s open, year-round season on coyotes. Photos courtesy of Susan Humphrey

BRISTOL — The coyote hunting contest scheduled for this past weekend by a Bristol man came off as planned. Plenty of protesters showed up, as well as almost three dozen hunters.

The only thing missing was a plentitude of coyotes.

Todd Baldwin, organizer of the “Wile E. Coyote Hunt 2017,” said the results were “not good”; only four coyote carcasses were turned in from a total of 35 registered hunters. Two of the coyotes were bagged in Rutland County, one in Panton and one in Starksboro; the largest was 42 pounds.

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