Here is a reprint from the VAFB Gun Club "News and Views."
Alaska Peninsula Caribou Herd Shows Promise 7/8/09
Since the Alaska Department of Fish and Game introduced predator control methods in the southern Alaska Peninsula area, caribou herds are no longer struggling to keep their numbers intact.
Officials said that only eight wolves were removed under state-sponsored predator control. The herd’s survival numbers are up, at 71 percent, as of June. The herd now has 800 animals – 200 more than before predator control methods were introduced. http://www.fortmilltimes.com/124/story/634474.html
"If it will work for Alaska, it'll work for Vandenberg." Dave Gray
Here are some excellent articles...
A Place for Predators - http://www.createstrat.com/muledeerinthewest/predators.html
Nevada to Allow Lion Hunts to Help Deer Population Rebound - http://thebsreport.wordpress.com/2009/02/16/nevada-to-allow-lion-hunts-to-help-deer-population-reboundanimal-advocates-object-to-planduh/This is my proposal:
Implement a coyote management program in designated hunting areas to kill a maximum of 150 coyotes on Vandenberg the first year. Kill limits shall be placed in specific hunting areas that are the greatest concern to increase deer herd. After the first year, maximum coyote harvest could be about 60 until the deer herd has reached a survivable size.
Based on my personal observation, I think the worst area is C1. I'd start the coyote kill limit there to at least 50 or more.