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Coyotes hunted in northern Arizona to help antelopes

FLAGSTAFF, AZ (AP) -

Arizona officials are analyzing the results of government-funded hunting that has killed 669 coyotes in northern Arizona to reduce the predators' kills of pronghorn antelope fawns.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that the state Department of Game and Fish paid $120,000 to have the hunting conducted between 2010 and 2012.

Most of the hunting was conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and most of it was done from aircraft.

The hunting has been conducted in an area between the Grand Canyon on the north and Williams on the south and west of State Route 64.

The antelope population in the area where hunting was conducted grew several times larger in two years, while there was no change in a nearby area where hunting was not conducted.

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