These programs involved insects related to livestock disease so your hypothetical rancher hasn't been keeping up with the times.Insect lifespans are short. Coyote lifespans are considerably longer. Coyotes killing sheep now will continue to do so for years. Sterilizing would have an impact eventually, but ranchers might have to sell the ranch well before then. On the other hand, I seem to recall that in wolf/coyote packs, only the top male and top female get to mate. So the scientists will have to breed some way tough eunuchs if they are to become pack alphas.Coyotes don't really have packs. That's a wolf trait. Coyotes have recently begun to hunt cooperatively and exhibit some other pack behaviors, but they still scatter to breed.The whole point though is that coyotes are, to some people, cute doglike animals that deserve more protection than other pests like say say fleas and ticks. This is a speciesist quasi-religious belief that should be prevented from becoming a taxpayer-funded public policy by the separation of church and state clause.1HappyFool
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