Many residents of the Village of Shicoton expressed their disappointment after the discovery of numerous coyote carcasses were dumped along a public ditch, on Peterson Road, south of the village.
The issue was brought to the attention of the Wisconsin DNR and Conservation Warden in the Shiocton area, Kyle Johnson, says the wasteful dumping of the coyotes gives a bad look for the community and hunters.
“Unfortunately, this is all too common in the community of finding these carcasses being dumped,” Johnson said. “Not only coyotes, but other animals as well not being used to their fullest capacity, but the main concern is the social view of it. People driving along and seeing these carcasses being dumped along the side of the road, it just has a negative aspect on the hunting and trapping cultures in Wisconsin.”
Johnson further adds that hunters typically utilize the fur of coyotes to make hats, mittens, and other clothing accessories. Those upset at these hunters say it’s because of the complete disregard of those resources, and Johnson is unfortunately familiar with the practice.
“After they’re harvested, many people skin them up themselves, otherwise they bring them in to get professionally skinned,” Johnson explained. “In other cases, when a coyote might have some mange, or the hide is not 100 percent quality is when they would get rid of them illegally.”
According to Johnson, the hunters responsible could be cited for illegal dumping and littering, which imposes fines beginning at $200, depending on the amount. He estimates that the hunters in Shiocton wasted at least 10 gallons worth of waste.
The matter was brought to the attention of Johnson when someone from the public reported the coyotes. Johnson says he relies on the public reporting these matters and encourages anyone with concerns to contact the DNR. The investigation is ongoing.