A fatal air crash in Utah two months ago by a federal crew chasing and killing coyotes has prompted a Colorado group to petition for an end to aerial predator control.
“It’s inherently dangerous, and it’s crazy,” said Wendy Keefover-Ring of Sinapu, which has created AGRO, A Coalition to End Aerial Gunning of Wildlife. “Just look at the crash reports we have.”
On the group’s Web site (www.goagro.org) is a list of all federal and nonfederal crashes by those involved in aerial predator hunting. Between 1975 and 2007, the group has tallied 55 accidents with 28 fatalities involving nonfederal aircraft and 51 accidents and 10 fatalities between 1979 and 2007 involving federal aircraft.