The Sierra Club and the U.S. Forest Service were presenting an alternative for controlling the coyote population to a group of Wyoming ranchers. For years the ranchers had controlled the predators by trapping or shooting them, but the tree-huggers believed a more humane method was needed.
What they proposed was to capture the animals alive, neuter all the males, and then release them again. This would control the population of coyotes. Don’t laugh — this was actually proposed to the Wyoming Wool Growers Association by the Sierra Club and the USFS.
The ranchers listened in a kind of stunned silence, until one old guy stood up and said, “Son, I don’t think you understand our problem. Those coyotes aren’t screwin’ our sheep. They’re eatin’ ’em!”