DOUGLAS KREUTZ Arizona Daily Star
“Pronghorns are in decline — well below our target objectives across the state” for the species, sometimes referred to as antelope, said Jim deVos, assistant director of wildlife management with Game and Fish. “Fawn production is below what is needed.
“We do use predator removal in a very targeted, surgical fashion to help bolster fawn production and get the population back to a desired state,” deVos said
Opponents of coyote-killing programs sometimes maintain that wildlife agencies should let nature take its course without interfering.
“That’s conceptually an interesting idea, and it worked well before Arizona had close to 7 million people,” deVos said. “But it’s absolutely impractical in practice” in a state with a growing population where maintaining an ecological balance is challenging.