It’s coyote-killing season in Pennsylvania. Are the hunts barbaric or necessary population control?

PHILADELPHIA — A dead Eastern coyote hung upside down above a bucket of dried blood in a rural Pennsylvania fire hall, its lips locked in a perpetual snarl. Some men crouched beside it, while other adults twirled spaghetti with a fork, looking on from aluminum chairs. Children held canned sodas and stared. “Thirty-eight pounds even,” the men said when the needle on the scale settled. On this sunny February afternoon last year, 38 pounds wouldn’t take the crown at the 17th annual Sullivan County Coyote Hunt in LaPorte. The weekend-long contest saw 27 coyotes killed, the prize winner coming in a…

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