Coyote hunt rules to take effect

FAIRLEE—A moratorium on hunting coyotes with dogs will take effect on July 1 in Vermont after a new bill was approved by the legislature this year.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says that under S.281, hunters will only be able to pursue and take a coyote with dogs if they are on their own property and acting in defense of a person or property, or if they have signed permission from a landowner who has a legitimate defense of persons or property concern. This moratorium on pursuing coyotes with dogs will last from July 1, until the board is able to put rules in place requiring permits.