Wild animals cost Minidoka Co. $13,000 last year - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Wild animals cost Minidoka Co. $13,000 last year

TWIN FALLS, Idaho. - Seventy woodchucks, 11 skunks and 8,000 starlings were among wild animals killed by federal Wildlife Services agents in Minidoka County in the last 12 months in operations aimed at limiting property damage and livestock losses.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture agency also killed 10 feral cats, one feral dog, 246 coyotes and 13 ring-billed gulls. USDA Wildlife Services officials say animals caused $13,000 in property and livestock damage last year.

Coyotes were the main livestock predators, mainly targeting sheep.

Burrowing skunks caused the most property damage. There was one report of woodchucks digging around dams.

John Noh, Minidoka County wildlife services representative, says "We try to eliminate the problem in the quietest way possible."

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