Rep. Westrom proposes aerial hunting to control the coyote population

The Republican sponsored bill would allow Minnesotans to hunt coyotes from an airplane or on snowmobiles. The Star Tribune reports a handful of other states already allow aerial hunting to control animals threatening livestock, crops or wildlife.
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The Republican sponsored bill would allow Minnesotans to hunt coyotes from an airplane or on snowmobiles. The Star Tribune reports a handful of other states already allow aerial hunting to control animals threatening livestock, crops or wildlife.

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